George W. Bush's Weird Revelations and Outrageous Claims: Mom Showed Him Fetus in Jar; Absurdly Justifies Torture

When Matt Lauer pressed George W. Bush on torture, the former president once again passed the buck.

In their much-anticipated interview last night, Bush claimed that waterboarding––or, in his words, an “enhanced interrogation technique”––is legal, "because the lawyer said it was. He said it did not fall within the Anti-Torture Act. I'm not a lawyer, but you gotta trust the judgment of people around you and I do." Waterboarding is categorized as torture both by the UN and the British government. When Lauer asked for a further explanation, Bush returned to his old party line:

Lauer: "Tom Kean, who was a former Republican co-chair of the 9/11 commission, said they got legal opinions they wanted from their own people."

Bush: "He obviously doesn't know. I hope Mr. Kean reads the book. That's why I've written the book. He can, they can draw whatever conclusion they want. But I will tell you this. Using those techniques saved lives. My job is to protect America and I did."

But there's no evidence waterboarding ever provided any valid intelligence, according to Dr. Kim Howells, a former chairman of Britain's Intelligence and Security Committee. He told the BBC "We're not convinced [that waterboarding was] instrumental in preventing these plots coming to fruition and murdering people.”

Bush also recounted the story that, when he was a teen, his mother had a miscarriage and showed him the fetus, which she kept in a jar.

Former first lady Barbara Bush gave her son permission to discuss the topic in his memoir, Decision Points.  "I never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital,” he wrote. “There was a human life, a little brother or sister." And while he iterated that the experience wasn't the origin of his anti-choice views, he framed it with the language of a lifer.

"I thought it was very important for people to understand the relationship with my mom," Bush said. "There's no question that it affected me -- my philosophy -- we should respect life."

No doubt his lawyer said that was legal, too.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at November 9, 2010, 5:18am