On “Meet the Press,” former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani indicated he was disappointed in Mr. Donilon’s “failure to answer” interrogation questions, crediting Mr. Bush with pushing ahead with the techniques despite political criticism. “No doubt all of the work he did brought it about.”
Still, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Giuliani, among others, praised Mr. Obama for finishing the job.
“I think you’ve got to give him a lot of credit,” Mr. Cheney said. “That was his responsibility, and he handled it well.”
Also Sunday, both party’s top senators on the Foreign Relations Committee warned against attempts to cut off aid to Pakistan over bin Laden’s presence in that country, likely with some level of official or quasi-official knowledge.
Democrat John Kerry of Massachusetts and Republican Richard G. Lugar of Indiana both said Islamabad is a needed ally in the war on terrorism, with Mr. Kerry saying, “Even in the getting of Osama bin Laden, the Pakistanis were helpful. We have people on the ground in Pakistan because they allow us to have them.”
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Tim Devaney is a national reporter who covers business and international trade for The Washington Times. Previously, he worked for the Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. Tim can be reached at email@example.com.
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