Former President George W. Bush repeated Dick Cheney’s assertion that his administration’s interrogation program, which included waterboarding, was legal and garnered valuable information that prevented terrorist attacks, CNN is reporting.
“I made the decision, within the law, to get information so I can say to myself, ‘I’ve done what it takes to do my duty to protect the American people.’ I can tell you that the information we got saved lives,” Bush told a crowd of 2,500 in southwestern Michigan.
Cheney has been challenging the Obama administration on the issue. But Bush said he wasn’t trying to disparage the new president: “I didn’t like it when a former president criticized me, so therefore I am not going to criticize my successor. I wish him all the best.”
Love him or hate him, you gotta admit — that’s class. And he didn’t use TelePrompters.
Bush said his administration tried to appeal to the terror suspects better natures before the interrogations but soon discovered they didn’t have any.