Bush: Yeah, I Waterboarded Him, and I'd Do It Again! Bush defends torture, Iraq war in speech By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Jun 3, 2010 9:30 AM CDT 87 comments Comments Former President George W. Bush receives the History-Making Texan Award from the Texas State History Museum Foundation in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett) (Newser) – Former President George W. Bush says if he had it to do over, he would still waterboard the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Bush acknowledged yesterday that the US used the harsh interrogation technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed and said he would "do it again to save lives." Bush made the comment while speaking to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his speech, he also defended the decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. He said ousting Saddam Hussein "was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him."