The Wall Street Journal celebrates the "compromise" between McCain and Friends and The White House. (Emphasis is mine)
"The White House went to Congress asking, among other things, for help in clarifying what terms like "humiliating" and "degrading" actually mean. Senator McCain and his allies objected that this would be tantamount to "rewriting" the Geneva Conventions. But their objection wasn't very convincing, since every country in the world already interprets Article 3 and somebody in the U.S. has to do so in real-world situations; legal clarity is better than leaving that job to activist judges and lawyers. In the end, the Senators came most of the way toward the White House position."
I can tell you that I am just about done listening to people tell me how wonderfully independent and fair-minded John McCain is.