During the president’s Rose Garden press conference, NBC reporter David Gregory asked Bush how he would feel if a country like Iran or North Korea kidnapped an American citizen, tortured him and then tried him without letting him see any evidence. Bush’s answer was a nonsensical non sequitur.
At a Rose Garden press conference this morning, NBC’s David Gregory asked George W. Bush the obvious hypothetical question: How would he feel if a foreign government like, say, North Korea’s or Iran’s, captured a U.S. soldier or CIA officer, subjected him to torture, then tried and convicted him with evidence he wasn’t allowed to see?
Bush didn’t—Bush couldn’t—answer the question.
“My reaction is that, if the nations such as those you named adopted the standards within the [White House’s] Detainee Detention Act, the world would be better,” he said.