Oliver North: We Ought To Be Thanking George W. Bush For Waterboarding (And Getting Bin Laden)
Reported by Ellen - May 5, 2011 -
Col. Oliver North visited the Hannity show last night to discuss Osama Bin Laden’s death. Sean Hannity was obviously disappointed that North would not go along with two out of three of Hannity’s favorite memes of late: calling for the release of the Bin Laden death photos and attacking President Obama for being “too sensitive” (read “too Muslim friendly”) in providing religious rites with Bin Laden’s body. But whatever frustration Hannity felt was surely assuaged by North’s later remarks extolling “enhanced interrogations” and President Bush.
At about 5:30 in the interview, North said that Obama deserved the credit for a “bold decision” in his plan of attack against Bin Laden. But, North quickly added, “It was not a courageous decision… The options he had was one, do nothing or number two do this.”
No, the courage, the vision and the credit goes to George W. Bush. Later, North said, “We ought to be thanking George W. Bush for having implemented those enhanced interrogation procedures which, by the way, are not torture, but nonetheless were effective in making sure this information got started so we could conduct this operation.” That’s right, we should thank Bush for those “effective” techniques that many years later – and two years after Obama took office and banned them – allowed his administration to do what Bush never did.
But since North is convinced waterboarding isn’t torture, feel free to ask Hannity when we can expect him to fulfill his April, 2009 promise to be waterboarded for charity. You can write the show at Hannity@foxnews.com or tweet @SeanHannity.