With his latest comments, the former Florida governor waded into yet another fraught national security area associated with the administration of his brother, President George W. Bush.
Bush told reporters at a later event elsewhere in Iowa, “There’s a difference between enhanced interrogation techniques and torture. Torture’s — America doesn’t do torture.”
When asked which techniques he considered torture and which he’d consider authorizing, Bush responded, “I don’t know. I’m just saying, if I’m going to be president of the United States, I take this threat seriously. It’s not a law enforcement operation, these are people who want to destroy Americans’ way of life and they want to destroy Western civilization.”
Asked specifically if he would re-authorize waterboarding, Bush responded, “I’m not ruling anything in or out.”