Tim Pawlenty’s national security views have often been likened to those of McCain, but this is a bit unfair to McCain. Pawlenty recently told Marc Thiessen that he is a much more fanatical and immoral hard-liner than McCain:
But he points out that he and McCain have differences — especially when it comes to handling captured terrorists. “He supports closing down Guantanamo; I don’t. He’s against enhanced interrogation techniques; I’m in favor of them under limited and controlled circumstances,” Pawlenty tells me. As for trying captured terrorists, Pawlenty says that “the proper place for [an enemy combatant] to be processed and questioned and prosecuted is not our civilian courts.” That sounds a lot more like Dick Cheney than John McCain.
As a leading defender of torture, Thiessen would know better than most.