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'I'd do it again' former President Bush tells Grand Rapids crowd about waterboarding terrorists
M-Live ^ | 6/3/10 | Ted Roleofs

Posted on 06/03/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT by pissant

GRAND RAPIDS -- Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed -- and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday.

"Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror.

"I'd do it again to save lives."

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: bush; grandrapids; gwb; michigan; waterboarding

1 posted on 06/03/2010 7:07:35 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

I’m only disappointed in the fact I didn’t get to participate in waterboarding KSM.


2 posted on 06/03/2010 7:09:55 AM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: pissant

Although he did a number of things right during 8 years, allowing the MSM and the rest of the left to engage in a relentless attack WITHOUT RESPONDING cost not only the republican party, but more importantly, the NATION dearly. Perhaps his greatest contributions—Roberts and Alito, although he was frankly FORCED into the former.


3 posted on 06/03/2010 7:17:54 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: pissant

There’s a lot I would disagree with Bush on (immigration being one of them) but he was absolutely right to authorize the use of waterboarding on terrorist suspects.

We are in a state of war with radical islam, and as such are fully justified in using whatever means necessary to obtain information that could save American lives.


4 posted on 06/03/2010 7:22:19 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Great point. Although I respect his opinions on maintaining the dignity of the office and so-forth, the truth is that we are now living in the post-Alinsky era where absolutely EVERYTHING is subject to the political equivalent of Extreme Cagefighting. Do you damned well better be out there defending yourself with as good as you get.


5 posted on 06/03/2010 7:25:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: pissant

I love this man.


7 posted on 06/03/2010 7:45:34 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Black and Free!)
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To: brwnsuga

And at least he is a man. Unlike the punk currently pretending to be president.


8 posted on 06/03/2010 7:47:11 AM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Amen.


9 posted on 06/03/2010 7:50:36 AM PDT by brwnsuga (Black and Free!)
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To: pissant

God bless President Bush.


10 posted on 06/03/2010 7:55:27 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Oldpuppymax; pissant
...we are now living in the post-Alinsky era...

Sickening that this is the norm. We were warned that this was happening for years and years.

11 posted on 06/03/2010 7:59:27 AM PDT by babyfreep
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To: pissant

What a great man, he will go down as one of the greatest American Presidents in history. Indeed, he is one of the greatest world leaders of all time. His liberation of over 50 million people, his stance on life, his respect for individual rights and private ownership. A great American and a great conservative. God Bless George W Bush!


12 posted on 06/03/2010 8:03:52 AM PDT by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: pissant

well said!


13 posted on 06/03/2010 11:18:58 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: pissant

I should call Hannity when he’s doing his radio show and ask him if he’d water board me on TV.


14 posted on 06/03/2010 11:20:17 AM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The amnesty stuff was a huge mistake and not vetoing McCain Feingold.

He lost his conservative base over amnesty. I also blame idiot Americans for paying $50 to 120 a month for cable and sat TV so they can be serfs. The 5 TV networks control 95% of the channels and they HATE Repubs/conservatives. Fox? Saudi owned.


15 posted on 06/03/2010 11:22:20 AM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Frantzie

BTW - I worked hard to get GW elected and re-elected plus spent money too. The amnesty thing was a huge mistake plus McCain Feingold. Still a very good man. The 8 years of Bush were heaven compared to now.

Grand Rapids is a nice town.


16 posted on 06/03/2010 11:24:13 AM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The defense and reasoning for everything he did was out there and still is if people cared to look. But if the press won’t report it and make it clear, but instead is determined to destroy him, his presidency, the VP, Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and everyone associated with his administration, they’ll do it. They did it. But history will be kinder and more truthful.


17 posted on 06/03/2010 11:27:39 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: brwnsuga

Me, too.


18 posted on 06/03/2010 12:19:13 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Wpin

He sure beats Clinton,Carter,Obama,Bush 1; by a mile.


19 posted on 06/03/2010 12:24:24 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Wpin

Put excellently.


20 posted on 06/03/2010 12:34:48 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: brwnsuga

What a terrific interview. I hope this is a preview of his book... can’t wait.


21 posted on 06/03/2010 12:58:40 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (http://www.arizona-coffee.com/coffee-roasters-arizona)
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To: Oldpuppymax
Although he did a number of things right during 8 years, allowing the MSM and the rest of the left to engage in a relentless attack WITHOUT RESPONDING cost not only the republican party, but more importantly, the NATION dearly.

One of the main things I fault him for is playing footsy for so long with the UN while Iraq spirited all the WMD away to Syria. The left would have still attacked but the public reaction to the war would have been entirely different had we gone in soon enough to seize Saddam's WMD.

As for not responding to the MSM, that's a systemic GOP problem in a HUGE way. LONG AGO someone should have publicly challenged the MSM to drop the bias and report the news. LONG AGO. Instead, Republicans constantly try to buddy up to the press, try to make themselves "liked" by the press, and NEVER seem to learn that the MSM hate their guts and will hate their guts no matter how nice and polite they are. They must be challenged as what they are, an enemy.

MM (in TX)

22 posted on 06/03/2010 1:21:41 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: grellis

Thanks pissant.


23 posted on 06/03/2010 1:52:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Nukes are, however, much faster, and clean out a much wider area. The world will see what I mean when Iran starts shooting ICBMs.


24 posted on 06/03/2010 4:13:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: wastedyears; pissant

“waterboard”

See if you can’t get Ainsley to do it.


25 posted on 06/03/2010 4:43:24 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I said free association. Not freely associate.)
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To: pissant

I had friend there (I couldn’t afford the ticket) and they had nothing but glowing reviews for GWB. Now I wish I could have witnessed it. The tux was a hoot!


26 posted on 06/03/2010 4:44:29 PM PDT by rintense (God bless Israel!)
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To: Springman; sergeantdave; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; ...

If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.


27 posted on 06/04/2010 5:29:58 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: STARWISE

see #1


28 posted on 06/04/2010 11:24:13 PM PDT by bitt ("WE THE PEOPLE" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVAhr4hZDJE)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Boy, you can say that again! The cat had his tounge (and were camped in the mouths of all Republicans) for eight long years! Rove was great at elections; governing, not so much!


29 posted on 06/05/2010 9:21:55 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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