Former Fox News military analyst Thomas McInerney bitterly dismissed Senator John McCain's (R-Arizona) disapproval of President Trump's nominee for the position of CIA director, Gina Haspel, claiming that methods of torture had a proven track record because they “worked on” McCain.


“Sen. 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 to Fox Business host Charles Payne in defense of the brutal strategy.

Payne then asked McInerney about whether or not Congress should evaluate Haspel on her thoughts, feelings, and commitment to avoiding so-called enhanced interrogation tactics.

“Well, she can't use it [torture] 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.”

Haspel, who is being considered for the critical CIA role, packs a loaded 30-year history with the CIA. She has been under heavy scrutiny for her work at a CIA black site that conducted techniques that are now considered torture with the approval of the George W. Bush administration.

Following the interview, Payne was pressured to issue an apology to McCain. In his apology on Thursday, Payne said that he “did not catch” his guest's “very false and derogatory remark.”

Payne stated that the remarks should have been contested.

“This morning on a show I was hosting, a guest made a very false and derogatory remark about Senator John McCain. At the time, I had the control room in my ear telling me to wrap the segment, and did not hear the comment,” he tweeted. “I regret I did not catch this remark, as it should have been challenged.”

McInerney's comments were condemned due to McCain's heroic actions and the events he endured during the Vietnam War.

During his time fighting for the country, he was captured and taken as a prisoner of war. Subsequently, he was tortured for days and left with broken bones and intense wounds. While he was forced to falsely confess to a crime, he was cleared of the accusations that called him a traitor.

His traumatic past led him to disapprove of Haspel and urge his Senate colleagues to reject her nomination.

“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,” the veteran 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.”


A segment of the interview can be watched below:


H/T: The Hill