The Republican senators who broke ranks with the administration to oppose Bush’s interrogation policy have indicated the possibility of a compromise. On Friday the president showed no willingness to adjust his proposals, but Stephen J. Hadley, his national security advisor, hinted at the prospect during a television appearance Sunday.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham and John Warner made headlines this week with their opposition to proposed rules that would undermine Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention.
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Mr. McCain told the ABC News program “This Week” that he believed the matter would be resolved “to the satisfaction of everybody concerned.”
The three senators have warned that if the United States unilaterally retreats from Geneva Convention protections, other countries could do the same, with potentially disastrous effects for Americans.
“If it seemed that our country was trying to redefine the Geneva Convention to meet the needs of the C.I.A., why can’t every other country redefine the Geneva Convention to meet the needs of their secret police?” Mr. Graham said on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “It would be a disaster.”
If an American agent were captured in Iran, tried on secret evidence and sentenced to die, Mr. Graham said, “Americans would go crazy.”