Ruth Dudley Edwards: History will be kinder to Dubya than we all were
An easy target in office, Ruth Dudley Edwards says George W's blunders prevented us from seeing a real, no-nonsense guy
Published 14/11/2010 | 05:00
OK, before I explain why I like George W Bush, I'll concede that I believe he was wrong to authorise waterboarding.
Like a lot of people who were understandably anxious that interrogators should extract useful information from terrorists, he didn't want to believe it was torture. But I accept what Christopher Hitchens said after sampling it: "If waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture."
Having said that, I have sympathy for anyone who has to make terrible decisions.