In his interview with NBC News’ Matt Lauer to plug his new memoir, “Decision Points” former President Bush defended the use of waterboarding on captured terrorists by saying he authorized it because his administration’s lawyers said it was legal.
This opens an interesting line of questioning. Just because something is legal doesn’t necessarily make it the moral choice.
It could be fascinating to see the former president grapple publicly with the question of how one squares waterboarding with morality.
That could be especially insightful into how the former president thinks since he is a born-again Christian who was very open about his personal religious transformation.
In the case of waterboarding, how does the ex-president make that technique, which many people consider torture, mesh with his faith?
Put plainly, the question for the ex-president is, as a Christian, does he believe Jesus would approve waterboarding?
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