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
George W. Bush pauses before answering a question during a gathering of the American Enterprise Institute.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(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."

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Jul 21, 2011 1:16 PM CDT
I am the luckiest person on this planet. I saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. Billions of people died before this wonderful event. An event that is now taken so lightly. Gone are the days when a President exclaimed, "Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country. "By the year 1969 we shall set a man on the Moon". "We take this challenge not because it is easy, but because it's hard". Eight years later Neil and Buzz realized his and our dream. Gone are the days of a President known as "The Gipper" who would visualize a "Shinning City on a Hill". "Who exclaimed Mr. Gorbachev, take down this wall!" A President from the city of Hope, Arkansas who balanced the budget and left us with a very respectable positive balance. My luck finally ran out. In my day I never thought I would see the worst administration in the history of the United States...we were so accustomed to trusting our President...Why shouldn't we have trusted? Afterall, he had sworn his hand over the Bible when he took his oath of office. No one bothered to check his resume. Absent from his Air Force duty obligations and the record holder of executions as Governor of Texas.
Silverbow7
Jun 8, 2010 7:18 PM CDT
Well said.
xml3052
Jun 8, 2010 2:17 AM CDT
Bush & Chaney. Wow, what a horrible nightmare it was when they were in office. Thank God All Mighty someone else is in charge now.