During the GOP debates last year Donald Trump let it be known that he was no fan of George W. Bush. Sounding like a Bush derangement leftist he unfairly blamed the former president for the well concealed 9/11 attack when neither Bush nor Bill Clinton had any actionable intel on the plot (see); and then he accused Bush of lying about Saddam Hussein's WMDs when Bush, like Clinton before him (and every other country) was deceived by Saddam into believing he was hiding his still missing deadly stockpile (see and see).
But apparently one aspect of the Bush administration that Trump esteems, embraces wholeheartedly and would like to revive is the use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other methods used in Bush's successful counter-terrorism program-to extract critical, life saving, actionable information from top, high value terrorist detainees.
At a rally in Ohio last summer when talking about the horrific ISIS suicide bombings in Istanbul that killed 40 Trump shouted out to a cheering crowd "What do you think about waterboarding?" And followed up saying, "I like it a lot, but don't think it's tough enough."
In the past Trump has said that as Commander-in-Chief to save American lives he'd use "torture" on captured terrorists. And if that failed he'd then take it to a higher level and threaten the detainee's "families" with either injury or death to force them to cooperate. It is interesting to note that in the 1990s former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as a last resort, ended a murderous nationwide terrorist campaign that killed 1200 people (he escaped assassination) by radical al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya by going after their families (see). "If you continue killing Egyptians your wives, sons and daughters are going to die," warned Mubarak. And after carrying out his threat, frightened for the lives of their loved ones, al-Islamiyya stopped its killing spree, and became a non-violent political group.
Polls show that by a staggering 2:1 margin Americans have no problem with the Bush EIT program (see); and favor torture as a tactic in the war on terror to keep them, their families and country safe.
But strictly speaking Bush's use of water boarding, sleep deprivation, lengthy exposure to ear-splitting music, etc. doesn't qualify (as Trump indicated yesterday) as "torture." They were medically supervised Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EITs) falling short of what torture truly is. Consequently, Barack Obama's DOJ (headed by Eric Holder) after an extensive three-year investigation of Bush's program couldn't find a single prosecutable crime. Why? Because no crimes were committed-the methods used were perfectly moral, legal, safe and justified (see).
José Rodriguez Jr. The man who broke KSM.
Now that Trump is President and has access to classified information on Bush's program he's reading about its triumphs in hurting al Qaida and saving lives; and is convinced more than ever that it worked and will work for him as a last resort when captured terrorists refuse to talk.
Indeed, Trump has read how it took 183 legal, medically supervised waterboardings (six times per day for a month), and 180 straight hours of sleep deprivation, to break the iron jihadist murdering will of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed, mastermind of the 9/11 attack. Trump read in great detail how after enduring the justified punishment and pain KSM betraying Allah, Islam and the Koran (which sanctions torture, murder, genocide and any crime to further the faith) sang like a canary giving up a treasure trove of info on planned terror attacks in the US, and al-Qaida's international operations. After reading about this and other successes, and speaking to experts on the subject, Trump, I believe, is hell bent on reviving secretly Bush's program (or doing worse if need be) when captured, high value jihadists are uncooperative in spilling out their terrorist guts.
We waterboarded terrorists with no intention of hurting them; but ISIS drowns their prisoners to death. And morons on the Left in the millions see no difference between them.
I don't buy for a second Trump's charade of deferring to Mattis; or that Mattis himself is opposed to such methods when they are necessary. The "no torture principle" is not absolute and inviolable to real patriots and rational people. Even John McCain, the great opponent of torture, is quoted as saying that in a ticking bomb situation where a terrorist with information is captured "we gotta do what we gotta do." In such emergency situations torture becomes a moral and national security necessity; and not to use it is cowardice and a crime. What is clear is that Donald Trump is no girlie man like his stupid, feckless, weak-on-terror predecessor and will torture bloodthirsty Moslem savages when needed to save American lives and defeat Islamonazi jihad.
Clinton scolds Trump for advocating torture-WashPost
What this means is that Clinton paved the way for Bush's Enhanced Interrogation Program.