George W. Bush has revealed several new tidbits about his presidency in his memoirs Decision Points, which was released on Nov. 9. Among other things, Bush admits that he considered dumping Dick Cheney in 2004 as his Vice President and that he was deeply affected by Kanye West's accusations following Hurricane Katrina that the President was a racist.
In addition, Bush affirms that he told CIA officials that they could torture a suspected 9/11 mastermind. According to media reports, Khalid Sheik Mohammed supposedly had knowledge of terrorist plots against the United States, and Bush had little reservation about using waterboarding — the act of simulated drowning to extract information from a detainee.
President Barack Obama and the current Justice Deparment have condemned waterboarding, saying that it is prohibited by international law. The Obama administration has, however, shown little willingness to pursue action against Bush and his administration for approving the interrogation tactic.
John Hayward, of HumanEvents.com, defended the former President's statements and said there has been a "fundamental childishness" associated with the battle over enhanced interrogation techniques.
"If Americans were ever to learn that a large-scale plot had succeeded because captured terrorists had been treated with the full array of rights reserved to lawful combatants, they would howl for the blood of those responsible," Hayward wrote. "Very few critics of waterboarding would hesitate to use it to save their loved ones."