ABC finally got a hold of President Bush to respond to its story that top administration officials, as members of the National Security Council’s Principals Committee, had signed off on “enhanced interrogation” techniques in 2002 that included waterboarding. And Bush doesn’t understand what the big deal is:
“Well, we started to connect the dots, in order to protect the American people.” Bush told ABC New s White House correspondent Martha Raddatz. “And, yes, I’m aware our national security team met on this issue. And I approved.”…
Bush said the ABC report about the Principals’ involvement was not so “startling.”
The AP reported yesterday that the administration officials involved in the meetings “took care to insulate President Bush” from the decisions made during them.