Military Experts Rip Bush Over Waterboarding Remarks

'Bush is being flip about serious issue'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 4, 2010 4:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – George Bush still doesn't seem to understand how serious an issue waterboarding is, say miltary men outraged at the former president's glib acknowledgment that he had a suspect waterboarded and he'd do it again. The interrogation technique is "unequivocably torture," former strategic intelligence officer and military law expert David R. Irvine tells the Huffington Post. "When he decided to do it the first time, he launched the nation down a disastrous road, and we will continue to pay dearly for the damage his decision has caused."

"This is not the last war we're going to fight," said retired brigadier general James Cullen. "Americans not yet born are going to be prisoners of war in those conflicts. And our enemies are going to be able to point back to President Bush and Vice President Cheney saying that waterboarding is OK. It's just shocking to me how he can be so flip about something that is so serious."

George W. Bush pauses before answering a question during a gathering of the American Enterprise Institute.
George W. Bush pauses before answering a question during a gathering of the American Enterprise Institute.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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President Bush's decision broke with a military tradition dating back to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War and the consequences are clear: al-Qeada is stronger and our country is less safe. - Former interrogator Matthew Nelson

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