Former President Bush took the offensive with Obama in responding to much criticism he has faced in “blame game” since leaving office this January. Love him or hate him, Former President Bush is what he is and I like how he is not backing down from his convictions and ideals. He defends interrogations and fixing the economy through non-government solutions. He also has enough class to not directly insult President Obama even though Obama has repeatedly and publicly been ever so offensive to Bush.
Me, myself was not the biggest Bush fan or supporter. He did a lot of things I disagree with, especially in his second term as President. This article is really more of an extension of the back and forth, drag through the mud politics we have been seeing for years, but I thought it was still interesting to see and hear Bush stick to his guns on the issues.
The biggest thing I take away from this article is the reasonable and what seems like the lone, sane voice of not releasing prisoners from Club Gitmo. It is pure insanity to release these criminals back to their home countries or near them and expect them to not turn around and start planning to harm Americans again. To quote the article and former President Bush, “”……I’ll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don’t believe that — persuasion isn’t going to work. Therapy isn’t going to cause terrorists to change their mind.”
I don’t believe persuasion is going to work either and this torture issue is something I very much struggle with morally. We all know these terrorists love to get their hands on any sort of American and make an example in front of the whole world by killing them on video, but us torturing or lowering ourselves doesn’t make two wrongs right. However, I believe we cannnot live in fear and let these terrorists run us. If turning up the heat and putting pressure on them in interrogation is going to save American and innocent people lives—–around the world, well then I think you have a solid case there for torture.
War is a God awful thing to deal with and it drains, wears on everyone who is involved directly, indirectly and or is aware (affected) that is going on. I pray that some sort of resolution can be made with the Middle East and that we can bring our brave men and women home soon.
Here’s the link to the article