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Rove on Obama 16, March 2010

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Say what you will about Karl Rove but the man’s clearly got a sense of humor. I don’t mean this in a mean, quasi-facetious way either. Just look at this latest quote about Obama’s handling of the recent US-Israeli spat. Clearly, he’s just saying this to wind up the Left to epic levels and to have them choke on their Tofu-Bran Flakes over the morning paper.

I think this is part of a broader problem with the Obama administration. … We saw it in Honduras. Where rather than monitoring the situation, they let a cowboy president try to act in an extra-constitutional way to violate a fundamental principle in the Constitution, all without having done their homework in advance.

Rove ‘proud’ of US waterboarding policy 12, March 2010

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Karl Rove, the man many consider to be the brain behind George W Bush’s Presidency, has said that he is ‘proud‘ of the techniques such as waterboarding used by US authorities to obtain information as they saved lives. He also denied that waterboarding was torture. However, he is in a seemingly ever decreasing minority, holding that opinion. The journalist Christopher Hitchens, for example, underwent waterboarding in the name of research and unequivocally insists that it is indeed torture.

Waterboarding certainly looks fairly innocuous. All it involves, after all, is a flannel or cloth and a surprisingly small amount of water. Whilst clearly the torture that many human rights groups insist goes on routinely in many Arab (and Iranian) jails involves more ‘wailing and gnashing of teeth’ i.e. more blood, this does – obviously enough – not negate waterboarding as a form of torture in and of itself.