George W. Bush Torture

Rove: Bush Knew All About Torture


Former President George W. Bush has been thrown under the bus again.

Dick Cheney told Fox News last week that Bush knew all about the “techniques” they used at CIA black sites. Former chief of staff Karl Rove was more specific on Fox News Sunday.

“He made the decision,” Rove said. “He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.” […]

Rove argued the Senate report presents a misleading narrative of the CIA’s practices because investigators did not speak to senior Bush administration officials.

“It is illustrative of the problem of this report. They talked to no one,” he said.

Why should anyone talk to Rove?

The Bushies have made it clear that they do not believe what they did was torture, but they would do it again in a heart beat. What else is there to say?

They’re sociopaths.

The Senate torture report concluded that former President Bush was kept in the dark about much of the torture program, but Cheney and Rove have gone out of their way to make it clear that he knew all about it.

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    interesting that the Democrats gave Bush cover but his own former co-workers insist on making him part of it. They need to make him responsible. Perhaps he is, but with friends like those, who needs enemies?

    • Christopher Foxx

      They need to make him responsible.

      They need to make themselves not responsible.

      • Ellen Kuhlmann

        totally true–although Cheney says he has no regrets, he doesn’t want to be the one left holding the bag so to speak.

  • trgahan

    “They’re sociopaths.”

    No. They are members of a powerful faction of the Republican Party that has been trying to steer this democratic constitutional republic toward an authoritarian empire since V-J day in 1945. Rove is likely a just an opportunist who joined for the power and money while Cheney is a true believer who also happened to make a tidy profit from it all as well. Roger at FoxNews is in charge of selling it and making money off the rubes buying it.

    As people smarter than me has shown, nearly everything that happened post-9/11 was
    already in the works. That day, the administration (at the time headed for a single term failure) got the excuse it needed to not only push plans forward unabated, but discredit and silence all those who disagreed.

    Now, they can spike the ball in our faces as they walk away from the mess and sit back nicely as they are one presidential election away from it all being business as usual again in D.C.

    • JMAshby

      I don’t think any of that discredits my sociopath theory.

      • trgahan

        You’re right… but then again, what is the difference between someone who truly lack’s conscience (probably Cheney) and someone who bases their social choices entirely off fear, hatred, and resentment (anyone that NEEDS a FoxNews to assure them the torture, which we didn’t do, was moral)?

    • Agree with everything that you said, the exception being that I do believe that they are sociopaths. At the very least, Cheney is, and Bush probably, as well.

      • burbank_burt

        Most definitely sociopaths.