Back to my 15 Seconds of Talk Radio Fame! I listen to Michael Smerconish every morning. He is more middle of the road (bleck!) and most days he annoys me, but Rush doesn't come on until later, so what's a girl to do? On this particular morning - Friday, August 27th, he was discussing the CIA operatives who interviewed suspected terrorists months after 9/11 that may face trial for 'torture tactics' they used. In other words - these men could be prosecuted, simply for protecting our country. The guest speaker he had on the show spoke for a while and ended with this thought, "Using torture is not a right or left issue, it's a right or wrong issue." Ughh. I felt that he was implying that using torture tactics on suspected terrorists are clearly wrong. I do not feel that way. He asked for callers, and you know me, I can't keep my thoughts to myself sometimes! So, standing in my bathroom, putting on my makeup at 6:30 in the morning, I dialed the number and was shocked to get through on the first try. He is a nationally syndicated talk show host out of Philadelphia with thousands of listeners. A lady answered and asked what my opinion was. I told her I totally disagreed with the speaker. Thankfully, they put me on hold and I gathered my thoughts. After a few minutes he came on the line to ask what I thought. And I quote:
"Torture is jumping out of a building because you don't want to burn alive. Torture is looking out the window at work and seeing a plane and knowing that you'll never get to tell your family goodbye. Torture is rolling over in bed each morning and realizing your husband is not there and he's never coming back and that your kids will never remember who he was. What these heros did was not torture. It is unbelievable that they could face trial. They took time away from their families to go overseas to protect our country. Where does our allegiance lie? Also, your speaker was right. This is a right or wrong issue - and the right thing to do is to protect our country using any means necessary."Mr. Smerconish actually said that I had a good point and then my 15 seconds of fame had ended. But let me tell you, I still smile every time I think about it. Gotta love a good ole' conservative woman, right?
So, since I have so blatantly shared my thoughts, feel free to leave a comment and share yours!