Because all that bill wanted to do is modify the Army Field Manual. It didn't make it criminal to torture and as such, it would have put the issue behind without addressing the issue. "Anti-torture," yes; accomplish anything, no. He only supports bills that accomplish something productive and doesn't half-ass it. He doesn't want to "engage" Russia but he knows they are fully capable of doing somethings we won't like. We have to keep one eye on them and one eye on the rest of the world. Despite being in a weakened economic state, they still have a lot of influence over the middle-east especially. McCain never said he wanted to "wipe off" anyone. I think you are confusing McCain for Ahmadinejad. :shadedshu Then tell me "so much." Bush and McCain have nothing in common besides the little (R) after their name on documents. Their thought processes are different, their priorities are different, their knowledge of foreign affairs is different, their experience is different, and their mores are different. I'd rather have anyone running in the primaries except Obama (influenced by religious and cultist zealots) and Dodd (major contributor to Fannie Mae failure) as a Democratic choice and that includes Biden, Clinton, and Richardson. They are at least respectable people with no ugly historical backgrounds. The last thing we need in USA is to be lead by the same kind of radicalism we seek out and destroy abroad. The fact he is even elgible to run with those dark connections is appalling. The best days of the USA are ahead of us but we have to earn it just like everyone else and those before us. The constant use of "John" in the first debate. The way he talked to "Joe the Plumber." The list goes on and on. It's not something he usually comes out and says but he portrays it in his mannerisms. Obama is a professional spinner. It doesn't matter what topic comes up, he always turns it into something about Bush. Yet, people miss it. Frankly, I don't see how people can buy his bullshit. Maybe it's because they aren't actually listening to what he says. McCain pointed out that "eloquence" in the third debate. McCain's face never hides what he is thinking--it is half of what keeps him honest. The other half is his personal convictions. There's a lot of reasons why McCain would rather not look at him. I think the strongest reason is dating back to Obama not accepting public financing when agreed he would. Also, the fact that he said he would do 10 townhall style debates in between the official debates during the primaries and said he wouldn't after he got the nomination. Ask Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley, McCain doesn't forget things like this and won't let it go for years.