Tales from the Trail

Gonzales wishes Bush admin had gotten to bin Laden first

By Reuters Staff
May 5, 2011

Andrew Longstreth in New York interviewed the former Attorney General.

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he was grateful for the killing of Osama bin Laden even if he would have preferred it to have happened under the Bush administration.

“It was an important day,” Gonzales told Reuters on Wednesday. “We worked very hard to make this come about. I wished it happened under the Bush administration. But I’m grateful it happened when it did.”

Before Gonzales became attorney general, he served as White House counsel. In that position, he ordered a legal memo that was used to justify harsh interrogation techniques of terrorism suspects.

While Gonzales declined to weigh in on the effectiveness of such techniques and said he had no idea whether they helped commandos to find and kill bin Laden, he insisted they were legal and that was paramount to former President George Bush.

“What mattered to him was that they were lawful,” Gonzales said. “If he had been told they were unlawful, it wouldn’t have mattered whether they were effective or not.”

Gonzales now teaches at Texas Tech University. He said he was at home when he learned bin Laden had been killed.

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (Gonzales remarks on last day at Justice Dept.)

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Who really cares what this disgraced bottom feeder thinks about anything. Please go away and keep silent.

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The “enhanced interrogation techniques” Gonzales says are legal are SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED in the Geneva Convention, which also specifically states that those methods are prohibited under ANY circumstances, and the U.S. entered into that agreement knowingly and willingly. I’m sure the Bush admin wishes Gonzales had gone into the intelligence field so he could tell them what they wanted to hear prior to the invasion of Iraq. I wouldn’t care if leprechauns had shoved their shalele sticks so far up bin Laden’s backside that he glowed in the dark – he’s not dead enough to suit me. If Ganzales had a nonpartisan spine, he’d defend the legality of the SEALS having shot it in a dark, hostile environment without knowing what bin Laden and his Mrs. had hidden under their robes.

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