Thomas McInerney, a retired Air Force General and military analyst, offered a controversial defense of enhanced interrogation techniques on Fox Business Network.
Fox Business Network host Charles Payne asked McInerney, a former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, for his take on McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel, Trump’s nominee for CIA Director.
McCain said on Wednesday, after Haspel’s hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee, that “her role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing,” adding “her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
“Should they be evaluating this nominee on her feelings, or based strictly on the facts and her commitment not to use it anymore because it’s no longer legal for us?” Payne asked McInerney on FBN.
“Well she can’t use it anymore because we have determined in Congress that it’s not legal,” McInerney said. “The fact is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’ The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said. And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to.”
McCain spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after his plane was shot down during combat.
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