Wednesday 17 January 2018

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

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.

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