Fox News military analyst Thomas McInerney, a retired Air Force Lt. General, defended the use of torture after John McCain urged the Senate to reject Trump CIA nominee Gina Haspel over her past involvement in the torture program, saying “The fact is, it worked on John. That's why they call him 'Songbird John.’”
"Senator John McCain said he's not going to endorse Haspel also in part because she believes in torture, that she thinks it works, even though she laid out at least three instances where it did work to the benefit of humankind, not just Americans, but all human beings," McInerney said on the network.
Asked if Congress should evaluate Haspel on how she feels about torture or rather on her commitment to avoid such techniques, McInerney responded:
"Well, she can't use it [enhanced interrogation techniques] anymore because we have determined in Congress that it's not legal. The fact is, is John McCain, it worked on John. That's why they call him 'Songbird John," McInerney said.
"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," he continued.
During his detainment by the North Vietnamese, McCain was tortured for several days and had his ribs broken.
McCain ended up confessing to crimes he didn’t commit.
The senator said he will not support Haspel and urged his colleagues to reject her nomination, saying "her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying."
"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked. I know that those who used enhanced interrogation methods and those who approved them wanted to protect Americans from harm. I appreciate their dilemma and the strain of their duty,” McCain said.
“But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world.”