Jeb Bush to Hannity: Torture Is Not ‘Necessary’
In a decisive break from his brother’s administration, Jeb Bush told Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he does not believe “enhanced interrogation” techniques, otherwise known as torture, is not “necessary” in the fight against terrorists around the world.
“I don’t think that’s necessary,” Bush said. “Because I don’t think we need it, it’s not the law.”
When Hannity pressed him, asking, “Maybe after 9/11?” Bush hedged a bit, giving George W. Bush and Dick Cheney the benefit of the doubt for instituting the policy when they did. “I think it was appropriate at the time, given what we — you know, the uncertainty,” he said. “We were under attack. I think it was appropriate — it was also appropriate to change the policies once we had enough history.”
So, like the question of whether the United States should have invaded Iraq in 2003, Bush appears to think it was the right decision at the time, but in retrospect perhaps not the best idea. But knowing Bush, he could end up altering this answer in the coming days.
Watch video below, via Fox News:
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