A very terse President Bush said today that the U.S. does not torture, in response to a question about the recent comments from Vice President Cheney about terrorist techniques. Cheney said in an interview with WDAY Radio in Fargo, N.D that a dunk in the water is a “no-brainer” for him if it would save lives.
“This country doesn’t torture. We’re not going to torture,” Bush said. “We will interrogate people we pick up off the battlefield to determine whether or not they’ve got information that’d be helpful to protect the country.”
Asked about Iran doubling its enrichment capacity, President Bush said this means the U.S. must double its efforts to work with the international community to “persuade the Iranians that there is only isolation from the world if they continue working forward on such a program.”
“I’ve read the speculation about that’s what they may be doing. But whether they’ve doubled it or not, the idea of Iran having a nuclear weapon is unacceptable,” he said. “And it’s unacceptable for the United States and it’s unacceptable to nations we’re working with in the United Nations to send a common message.”
Bush reiterated his favorite new line of late, that the Democrats have already started to measure the drapes in their new offices before the election takes place. “In other words, they’re taking the people’s vote for granted,” he said. “This election is going to be determined by how our candidates run locally. And I believe if they continue to emphasize the big issues — keeping taxes low and protecting the American people — we’ll win”
The President said he sees enthusiasm amongst Republicans who are saying they will work to protect Americans and keep taxes low.