Obama Lambastes Cain and Bachmann For Pro-Torture Stance
During the Republican debate on Saturday night, candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann both defended waterboarding as a tactic, with Cain calling it an "enhanced interrogation technique" and Bachmann saying she thought it has been "effective" (it hasn't).
President Obama, of course, banned waterboarding in 2009. Last night on CNN, Dan Lothian asked the president to comment on Cain and Bachmann's defense of torture. Mediaite:
Lothian related Cain’s and Bachmann’s remarks, then asked, I wonder if you think they’re uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?”
The President paused, then quipped, “That’s a multiple choice question, isn’t it?” to laughs from the press.
“Let me say this,” he began, “they are wrong.”
“Waterboarding is torture,” the President continued. “It is contrary to America’s tradition, it’s contrary to our ideals. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we operate. We don’t need it in order to prosecute the war on terrorism. We did the right thing by ending that practice. If we want to lead around the world part of our leadership is setting a good example. Anybody who read about and understands the practice of waterboarding would say that is torture. That’s not something we do, period.”