How glad are you that Bush is back in the news? Answer: most glad. Let’s reminisce. Remember last year when Obama [kinda] ENDED torture, RELEASED the torture documents, but didn’t reveal the names of the guilty intelligence officers? And do you remember how mad everyone was about that? How dare Obama make two huge strides in the direction of justice and not torturing people, yet fail to do that third thing where we publicly oust and persecute the bad people? We need all three things or one side of America will hate you only slightly less than the other side of America already completely hates you.
And super secret CIA agents with protected identities aside, the crimes described were heinous – they were really fucked up war crimes. So when Obama said, "This is a time for reflection, not retribution," the anger from the rest of the country (but mostly from people who write things online) spoke to how dark those acts of torture were, not to mention the scary/untouchable level privilege American intelligence has.
But the important thing to remember is that the national discourse was not just hey, torture is wrong, but everything that you say is "not torture" yet includes almost drowning people or throwing them again and again against walls or locking them inside of wood coffins and filling those coffins with bugs is wrong, and these are the actions that should follow (because it is so wrong).
But whatever – yesterday at an event in Grand Rapids, MI, Bush said he’d torture again. Bush, whose ideas/ways apparently have not reformed after one million hate years of public outrage, said this:
Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush said. “I’d do it again to save lives.
Touche. Only it didn’t save lives:
In fact, Mohammed told U.S. military officials that he gave false information to the CIA after withstanding torture. Additionally, a former Special Operations interrogator who worked in Iraq has stated that waterboarding has actually cost American lives: “The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.” [ThinkProgress]
Told. Though Bush is probably unaware.