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Category: George W. Bush
September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Dick Cheney: Should Obama drop torture investigations?

Words of hypocrisy from Bush’s politicizer-in-chief Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again on the talk circuit –in conservative venues that will have him. This time his message is about how President Obama is “politicizing” things. Most recently, he’s accusing [“Reviewing interrogations ‘outrageous,’ Cheney says,” News, Aug. 31] Obama of politicizing the torture investigation. Hypocrisy is to…

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May 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Charles Krauthammer on torture

Nation of laws does not excuse torture I’m disgusted that we even have to debate the moral and legal efficacy of torture, but apparently, sadly, we do. In his column “Sometimes you do what you have to do — even torture” [Opinion, May 3], Charles Krauthammer summarizes the tortured moral logic coming out of the torture apologist…

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April 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Torture debate

One question would answer it all There is a very simple way of clearing up the controversy over enhanced interrogation: one simple question to President Obama. Just ask this: “If it would save the lives of your children, would you allow enhanced interrogation methods to be used on a terrorist?” His answer would end the discussion forever. — Ed…

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April 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Scapegoating torture

Injustice is devaluation of the tortured David S. Broder’s column, “The scapegoating should cease” [Opinion, April 26], attempts to discredit those who want an investigation into the Cheney-Bush torture program. Broder accuses us of wanting “the humiliation” of those responsible; of having “an unworthy desire for vengeance”; of conducting a “retroactive search for scapegoats”; and of turning…

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April 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

David S. Broder on torture investigation

Don’t enable legal precedents for torture Do Americans want to strive to have a nation of laws or one of men? David S. Broder’s attempt to decriminalize torture “memos represented a deliberate, and internally well-debated, policy decision, made in the proper places” is over the top [“The scapegoating should cease,” Opinion, David S. Broder column, April 26]. Ever…

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April 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Torture tactics

Hundreds of waterboarding cases not a success Former Vice President Dick Cheney wants the American people to know about valuable intelligence produced by torture. According to recently declassified memos about harsh interrogation methods approved by Bush administration lawyers, one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times, and another 183 times [“Does torture work?” News, April 22]. If this is…

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April 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Torture

Coercion used for confessions, real or phony Amid the arguments for and against torture, or “enhanced interrogation techniques,” we should keep in mind that this type of coercion has never been intended to reveal truth [“Coercive methods prepared before OK,” page one, April 22]. From the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century, to the Salem trials in…

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January 21, 2009 at 4:01 PM

President Obama

Jose Luis Magana/ The Associated Press President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue after the inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Letting go of control Editor, The Times: I am a conservative and I have not changed my politics. I’m still a conservative and I wish my…

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January 21, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Crash-landing on the Hudson River

Front-page irony The Jan. 15 plane crash-landing on the Hudson River was wonderful in so many ways [“Miracle on the Hudson,” page one]. Firstly, because no one was killed. Secondly, because it showcased the best qualities of everyone: pilot, passengers and rescuers. Thirdly, because the timing of the drama totally eclipsed what would have been the leading…

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January 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The end of an error

Heads you lose From George W. Bush’s Farewell Address: “You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.” The flip of a quarter could have made the tough decisions. At least that George W. would have made the right choice half…

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