You bet, it’s torture.
It’s an old tactic, trying to make a Congressional consideration sound extreme by claiming they’re ‘appeasing’ the ‘antiwar left.’ They pretend they haven’t noticed that liberals AND conservatives AND moderates make up the 70% of Americans who want an end to the war in Iraq.
They go on to use a quote from Senator McCain to support their sick pro-torture desires while leaving out his public assertion last week that waterboarding ‘is torture’. A POW who experienced torture firsthand, the Senator knows better than anyone in Congress what torture is.
And there are no exceptions to international law against the use of torture. Nor is there anything in the Constitution or the War Powers Act that allows the President to violate international law, nor to use a means of torture on the unproven claim that it sometimes yields useful intelligence.