George Bush's legacy, if he's lucky, will be that he'll be the most righteous president ever to attend a war crimes tribunal.
"The bill Congress sent me would take away one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror," the president said in his weekly radio address taped for broadcast Saturday. "So today I vetoed it." "This is no time for Congress to abandon practices that have a proven track record for keeping America safe," the president said.
A Painting of Torture by Mosquitos at a Russian Gulag
Of course, those prissy panty-waist sissy-pansy liberals are at it again in their response to the veto:
"The president has once again compromised the moral leadership of our nation." _ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
"Failing to legally prohibit the use of waterboarding and other harsh torture techniques undermines our nation's moral authority, puts American military and diplomatic personnel at-risk, and undermines the quality of intelligence." _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
"The president's veto sends a message to the world that despite Congress' actions, our country will continue to engage in this inhumane and heinous conduct when we should be affirming unequivocally and in one voice that torture and abuse will stop and never happen again. No one is above the rule of law, including the president." _ Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
"Unless Congress overrides the veto, it will go down in history as a flagrant insult to the rule of law and a serious stain on the good name of America in the eyes of the world." _ Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
"I have heard nothing to suggest that information obtained from enhanced interrogation techniques has prevented an imminent terrorist attack. And I have heard nothing that makes me think the information obtained from these techniques could not have been obtained through traditional interrogation methods used by military and law enforcement interrogators." _ Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"President Bush will go down in history as the torture president. He has now defied a majority of Congress to allow the use of interrogation techniques that any reasonable observer would call torture." _ Jennifer Daskal, senior counterterrorism counsel at Human Rights Watch.
"...proven track record of keeping America safe." If it's from people like George Bush than I guess waterboarding doesn't sound so bad. If you recall, Bush was the governor who saved all those Texans from well over 150 already incarerated prisoners. Why I think he put Texas into the Guiness Book of World Records! Texas and Torquemada - sorta go together don't they?
Senator John McCain voted against the bill. "Maverick McCain," lest we forget, is one very tenacious hawk and may, like Caesar, cross the Rubicon into Iran. (All the apocalypticists certainly want him to.)
Sage advice from Bush to "Maverik McCain":
"Now remember, John, if you find out that any of those liberal gooks might vote against your funding, I have one word for you: waterboarding."