Nixon: “When the president does it, it’s not illegal!”
Bush the Second: “When a guy whose paycheck depends on telling me what I want to hear says it’s legal, it’s legal”:
Former President George W. Bush was asked during an interview last night why he believes waterboarding is legal.
“Because the lawyer said it was,” Bush said. “He said it did not fall within the Anti-Torture Act. I’m not a lawyer, but you gotta trust the judgment of people around you and I do.”
The full interview between Bush and Matt Lauer — the first of a publicity tour for his memoir, Decision Points, which is out today — aired last night.
Say hypothetically John Yoo had said “no, waterboarding is illegal as a mufucka!!” How much longer would he have been working for Bush? Seriously?
Bush has also revealed that he personally gave the order to waterboard Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He said, given the chance to do it over, he would make the same decision.
At one point, Lauer asked, “Would it be OK for a foreign country to waterboard an American citizen?” “All I ask is that people read the book,” Bush said. “And they can reach the same conclusion. If they’d have made the same decision I made or not.”
That dodge was inevitable. Here’s the real answer: “Don’t be silly, Matt! It’s only OK when the empire does it!”
It is obvious that waterboarding is torture, it has even resulted in war crimes charges. Yet look at how proud he is of having personally ordered something that, if not for his position would’ve got him locked up at the least. “Rule of law”? Where?