And for what it's worth, I'd off-handedly like to see him tried for war crimes. And such is life, you know?
Anyhow, this is what he said:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Former President George W. Bush says if he had it to do over, he would still waterboard the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Waterboarding is a simulated drowning technique that the Obama administration considers torture. Bush acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. used the harsh interrogation technique on Khalid Sheik Mohammed and said he would "do it again to save lives."
Bush made the comment while speaking to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mohammed was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and is the most senior al-Qaida operative in U.S. custody.
In his speech, Bush defended the decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003. He said ousting Saddam Hussein "was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him."
I'm not sure why the Economic Club of Grand Rapids is so privileged to get a public confession of a war crime at their gathering, but wow--lucky them! Anyway, I have to interject that I don't really think it was ever proven that the waterboarding of any of the detainees so treated coughed up intell that necessarily saved lives. I also don't quite understand how both Bush and Cheney admit that they are so all about the waterboarding, and other torture, and they are just still treated as regular folks who happened to be leaders of this country. Not at all people who engaged in illegal stuff.