It speak volumes that Dick Cheney
, who never went to Vietnam, because he had "other priorities", is blocking legislation that would ban inhumane treatment of the detainees:
The Bush administration in recent days has been lobbying to block legislation supported by Republican senators that would bar the U.S. military from engaging in "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" of detainees, from hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, and from using interrogation methods not authorized by a new Army field manual.
While former POW himself, Senator John McCain is advocating for more humane treatment:
A spokeswoman for McCain, Andrea Jones, said yesterday that McCain plans to introduce the legislation next week. McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has criticized the way detainees have been treated by U.S. forces and is said by aides to want to cut off further abuse by requiring that the military adhere to its own interrogation rules in all cases.
Not only is torture inhumane, but it is counter productive to our cause... It fuels the hatred of our enemies; it increases the danger and intensity of our troops being tortured; and it dramatically decreases the chances of our enemies having any willingness to surrender. Maybe if our leaders had a more intimate relationship with War, they would be aware of these facts, but such is not the case.