November 5th, 2010
08:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush on waterboarding: 'Damn right'

Washington (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush has stayed out of politics since he left the White House and, except for his own, he largely keeps the subject at arm's length in his new memoir, "Turning Points."

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey to air on Tuesday when the book is to be released, Bush said he is "through with politics" and refused to offer an opinion on the 2012 presidential election.

"I am not a political pundit. I'm really not," Bush said. "A lot is gonna happen between now and the nominating process."


soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Ted

    What a scumbag.

    November 5, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. Lisa Kasper

    WIth this admission, he should go straight to jail . Don't pass go. That, or another country should grab him off the street... rendition!

    November 5, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    I have even less respect for this man than when he was president. He is tool of cheney and rove and a disgrace.
    'Damn right,' I said." – damn you, I say!

    November 5, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    "Damn right!"
    Good for Bush!

    November 5, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    as a person I like Ol' "W" though I didn't care much for him as a president. But it bothers me that all these folks like him claim to be Christians, even "born-again" yet they have no problem doing this kind of stuff. At least confess to doing it while you ARE doing it.

    November 5, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Jane

    Bush's book is Decision Points. Interestingly, Turning Points is the title of a new book, a memoir by former governor George Sinner of North Dakota. You will find it much better reading than Bush's.

    November 5, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. Bill

    Far more welcome than Billy Boy Clinton. I just wish he had half the class of presidents both before and after him

    November 5, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. yup

    I miss Bush such much!

    November 5, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. The reality is...

    Bush made wiser decisions than any liberal could begin to understand so all they can do is dis him.

    November 5, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. Bessy

    Too bad that we can't " waterboard " him.

    November 5, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. barry

    I was not a fan of George W Bush but after watching Obama bankrupt us I hold Bush in much higher regard now.

    November 5, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. kat

    President Bush, You did a wonderful job and we miss you greatly. All the best to you and your family. Now we must get this clown out of office!!!

    November 5, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. Peter E

    The problem with waterboarding is twofold:
    A) The CIA interrogators themselves have stated that torture, or 'enhanced interrogation' doesn't work. These waterboardings all happened after they already obtained all the information by more normal methods, and revealed nothing new or helpful, despite Dick Cheney's made-up assertions to the contrary. (he is the only source who ever said they worked, and he never even directly met with any of the interrogators)
    B) We hold other countries accountable for such atrocities (in WWII we sentenced Japenese to death for using such methods on our soldiers) and we are not helping enforce humane treatment of prisoners if we engage in such acts ourselves, whether it's on prisoners of war, terrorists, or as we've classified them to get around legality 'enemy combatants.' Do you have any doubt in your mind that if we learned Russia was torturing captured Chechen terrorists, or if Spain was torturing Basque separatists we would be outraged? We criticize China every single day for using such methods on prisoners.

    November 5, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  14. Limbaugh is a liberal

    The waterboarding controversy is a distraction away from all the scandals and crimes Bush and Cheney committed against the American people in the name of 'security.' They have suspended all privacy rights, they have censored the media, they slandered Americans who disagree with them as enemy-sympathizers, all while they were selling our country to the Chinese, cowtowing to the Saudi monarchy, and channeling billions of taxpayer dollars into Halliburton.

    November 5, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Eric King

    you should correct your article... the name of the book is DECISION POINTS not TURNING POINTS by George W Bush. factchecking helps... but then i realized this is CNN's site and they don't do much of that.

    November 5, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. Maryln

    He makes me want to throw up. First he destroys our country, and now he wants us to buy his book to read all his excuses. What a disgraceful piece of dirt.

    November 6, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. Bob of Lompoc

    Oh yaaaa! He's a real tough guy. He ran and hid on 9/11. Then when a few of "our enemies" had been captured and restrained, THEN he was real tough. Only a coward tortures. That's what he is.

    November 6, 2010 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    You know how dumb Bush is???
    He knows we hung guys after WWII for waterboarding Americans right??? Are you morons on the right aware of that or does your "Church" tell yo otherwise???

    Let me explain (not that right wing morons can comprehend, but what the know those idiotic white guys who came out in the 50's saying "damn right I want this college to be whites only", do you know how stupid they sounded even back then, let alone today???

    Well there you have it, a US president proud of torture, how LOW can you go, HOW low can you go, HOW low can you go.

    November 6, 2010 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  19. keepstuffingthis

    What a class act. So dignified compared to the slime currently occupying the White House and that idiot Carter.

    November 6, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  20. Steve in North Carolina

    You know what's worse than waterboarding? Listening to Al-Qaeda apologists crying over the rights of the murderous scum who torched the twin towers, beheaded victims on the internet, and are systematically committing genocide in Darfur. Where is the outrage over their acts? Oh, they aren't Americans, so they must be innocent! Give me a break!

    Do I support George Bush? Damn right!

    November 6, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |