Mike Huckabee is scheduled to meet with a group of retired members of the military to discuss the issue of torture. He is the only Republican to accept the invitation so far.
“We would like to reach as many candidates as we can,” said retired Lt. Gen. Harry Soyster, who served as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. “We think it is an important issue, and the potential commanders in chief need to be educated on it.” Soyster added that the commander-in-chief has to understand that the policy the White House sets “has a direct impact on soldiers.”
“The point that we are trying to stress with these candidates is that it is both possible and highly appropriate for presidential candidates to be very, very concerned about protecting national security and that there is no conflict between that objective and the humane treatment of prisoners,” said retired Brig. Gen. David Irvine, a strategic intelligence officer who taught at the Army Intelligence School for more than a decade.
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I think this speaks very well for Huckabee. One of the biggest criticisms that people have of him is his lack of foreign policy experience. His willingness to attend this meeting shows that he is willing to listen to the advice of people who have experience in critical foreign policy fields. The issue of torture is one that should concern all Americans because the way we treat our prisoners is/should be something that sets us apart from our enemies. Huckabee’s attendance at this meeting shows his concern for the way our country conducts itself, for national security, and also for helping to protect the reputation of America as a role model for other countries.
Mike Huckabee should be praised for taking the time to attend this important meeting. I’m sure John McCain and other former POW’s would be appreciative that Huckabee is seeking wise and experienced counsel on this important issue.