November 14th, 2011
02:12 AM ET

Obama: GOP candidates wrong on waterboarding

CNN's Dan Lothian recaps President Obama's press conference at the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Topics: President Obama

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  1. MaryM

    Of course bachmann and cain are wrong. I really think bachmann and cain should be waterboarded and let them see that it is torture.

    November 14, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • RJ

      I support water-boarding or any other things that help keep Americans safe. If your not interested in securing this country and keeping us safe I must question if you are really an American. Mary M is against water boarding but it is ok for Cain and Bachmann. Humm! Interesting hey.

      November 14, 2011 at 8:34 am |
      • MaryM

        RJ should be waterboarded so he can experience TORTURE.

        November 14, 2011 at 9:55 am |
      • dennis

        She said for them only. If they believe in it. show us.

        November 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
      • MarineVet

        RJ, you fit the profile of the typical RWA (right wing authoritarian) that advocates extreme views regarding punishment. Torturing prisoners doesn't "keep us safer." On the contrary, it ensures that the world will treat Americans just as poorly in POW situations. As Gandi stated, "An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind."

        November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
      • joan

        and I just bet your grandson will feel so much safer when he is in a POW war camp and the Geneva conventions are ignored because America has given the world the example of ignoring them also. Think about the example...torturing the enemy just makes it easier for them to torture our soldiers.

        November 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • justin

        It's torture evrytime a republican opens thier fat mouth & says anything.

        November 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
      • KenneyP of Colorado

        Water boarding does not make America any safer and in fact puts out military personnel in harms way. What makes our country any better than terrorist if we are the ones torturing people. How is America going to react when our military get captured and tortured by whomever we happen to be fighting. It because we go around the world doing things like detaining and torture people that our country is disliked and more vulnerable.

        November 14, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
      • Tom from Canonsburg

        RJ, we are Americans & supposed to be above that type of crap. I was taught in the navy to be an example of America. Not to lower myself to less than American principles. No good came of this type treatment of anyone. What does the Bible say? Do unto others...

        November 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
      • Howard

        obama's current trip is another slippery obama attempt to run away, and temporarily take the heat off himself, for massive screw ups, like Solyndra, and Fast n' Furious. Claiming that his trip will open foreign markets, and thus create more American jobs is a joke. Thanks to obama, unions are already over paying American workers to a level that makes them uncompetative with their Asia Pacific counterparts ... and, makes the propects of under paid Asian workers buying over priced American goods a pipe dream ... not to mention adding in the cost of freight to get the American made goods thousands of miles away, to their Asian sales outlets. But, like with most of obama's sweeping promises and platitudes, obama hopes that enough suckers will once again buy into his B.S., in order to get himself relected ... because a BILLION dollars, may not be enough to buy the Presidency this time.

        November 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ RJ I question the validity of anyone claiming to be American who would support water-boarding. Can we claim to be the good guys when we act like criminals? Frankly, I doubt very much that acting like a criminal keeps us safe.

      November 14, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • MaryM

        Agreed Jean

        November 14, 2011 at 10:17 am |
      • Hoot13

        Mary and Jean. Who is it that you feel will think more of us for " not water boarding ". Is it the Islamist extremists ? The Taliban ? You realize our military experiences water boarding as part of their training, to follow your logic why do we do sleep deprived interrogation? Why do we deprive terrorists access the civilian attys ? I'm worried about the families that will suffer as a result of an avoidable terror attack that we missed rather than worrying about other peoples perceptions of us, people that will never embrace us no matter what we do, And to close I believe we've only water boarded a small handful of " terrorists " ever, maybe between 3-5

        November 15, 2011 at 10:08 am |
    • Howard

      Perhaps if having the members of your family beheaded, hung in the balance ... you might reconsider. It's always easy to express your moral superiority from the safety of your home, here in America, when OTHERS are risking their lives to keep YOU SAFE !!!

      November 14, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • dreamer96

      Hey RJ

      Torture did not work on McCain in Vietnam, even with broken bones, and McCain has stated he is disgusted by the U.S. using waterboarding, has stated that publicly many times...but according to you.... McCain is unamerican.....
      Sorry RJ, but I don't think that duck of yours can fly...

      November 15, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Name* Lobo 74

      Vs dropping a bomb on you head. Waterboarders walked away alive.

      November 15, 2011 at 2:24 am |
    • Brad

      Mary said...". I really think bachmann and cain should be waterboarded and let them see that it is torture."
      Of course you do, Mary. Because you are a tolerant compassionate liberal.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  2. DAK

    Why stop at waterboarding? Why don't we just rip fingernails off with pliers until they "confess" or die? Torture is torture and TORURE IS WRONG! There is no such thing as reliable information gotten from torture, you just insure the person being tortured will say ANYTHING (read that to be what the guy doing the torture) wants to hear. For all you pro-waterboarding types, you first. Go get in line and let someone torture you for a week or two and see how you like it. As a vet and as an American, I am 110% AGAINST torture of any type.

    November 14, 2011 at 10:39 am |
    • M Simmons

      Water boarding works based on creating a temporary state of fear. Torture, on the other hand, is based on inflicting pain that results in permanent physical or mental damage, often just for the joy of the person administering the torture. See the difference?

      November 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jack Chaffin

      And as a vet and former Army officer and physician, I am 100% for it. It is used to train our Navy Seals, for pete's sake. Name one person who has died under it. You can't.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Hoot13

      DAK. Why do you have to use ridiculos comparisons to make your point, as I pointed out to Mary and Jean, why do we perform sleep deprived interrogations ? deny access to civilian lawyers ? Have unlimited detention? Continue drone strikes? I guess it's inconvenient to talk about those things because Obama sanctions them. You'd be more credible if you were complete in your complaints, but that would require anti Obama thought, forget that huh.

      November 15, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Pablo Enrique

      Water boarding works based on creating a temporary state of fear in order to obtain truthful information during an interrogation. It worked or we'd not have tracked down bin Laden. Torture, on the other hand, is based on inflicting pain that results in permanent physical or psychological damage, often just for the joy of the person administering the torture. See the difference?

      November 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
      • Umm

        Actually, the information we used to get Bin Laden was obtained before waterboarding was implemented. The information we got from waterboarding was incorrect and/or unverifiable. So, why did we do it in the first place?

        November 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        I would suggest reading the Burnt Orange Report. Light of Truth torture does not work. It is used to break prisoners not elicit valid useful (or truthful) information.

        November 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Brad

      Dear Dan Lothian. Do you know the term objective reporter? Are you hoping to get invited to the White House correspondence dinner? Or maybe you already are and your working to keep the graving train rolling. Your liberal bias is showing.

      November 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  3. Anthony

    RON PAUL also thinks torture is wrong and un- American. RP2012

    November 14, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  4. Kathy

    Get Real -you dont know what torture is. don't forget 911 or having your head chopped off, love this country or leave

    November 14, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Agreed MaryM, Jean and DAK. Thank you for your service DAK! I hope you had a satisfying 'VETERANS DAY'.

    November 14, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  6. Wes B.

    #1 – It's wrong.
    #2 – It doesn't keep America safer.
    #3 – Doing it makes countries dislike us–so it makes us LESS safe.
    #4 – It's wrong.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  7. BLKMANnAmerica

    1 ?................................... in all the years this method was used (dating back to Spain v. U.S. war in the 1800's it has never been proven that this method has "saved American lives". So why on earth are people still attempting to make a connection?

    November 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually water-boarding dates to the Spanish and Italian inquisitions of the late 1400's and early1500's.
      Simply it is torture which isn't condone. Check Article 147 of the 4th Geneva Convention.

      November 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • M Simmons

        Geneva convention applies to uniformed combatants acting on behalf of a recognized government that signed on to the convention.

        November 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
      • Howard

        t's always easy to express your moral superiority from the safety of your home, here in America, when OTHERS are risking their lives to keep YOU safe !!!

        November 14, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • Pablo Enrique

        The Geneva Conventions apply to uniformed combatants acting under the direction of a recognized government, one that has signed on to the conventions. It does not apply to non-uniformed serial mass murderers acting independent of a formal government.

        November 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard for some reason I doubt you have made it out of your parents' basement.

        November 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      Torture does not keep us safe, never has and never will.....period.

      November 15, 2011 at 9:30 am |
      • Hoot13

        It's not torture just because you say it over and over, the practice was vetted by military legal authorities, what about obamas drone strikes? Are we admired for that practice crossing in to sovereign countries to do so ?
        I'm amused that I never see a retort from any of you.

        November 15, 2011 at 10:41 am |
      • Howard

        Oh B.S. ... you hypocritical liberals, with your moral superiority are full of it. You allow others to put their lives on the line to protect you and your loved ones, while you ingrates rally against methods which protect the lives of your protectors, as well as your country. Terrorists murder and slaughter indiscriminately, while you fools worry about their civil rights. Like Michelle Bachman said, 'the C.I.A. is now run by the ACLU'. Besides, only 3 of the prisoners at GITMO were waterboarded ... and that's how we found Usama Bin Ladin, obama's finest accomplishment ... and, thousands of soldiers have volunteered to be water boarded, with no ill effects. You America haters are always ready to hand America over to our enemies on a silver platter.

        November 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  8. Wes B.

    Also, Bachmann and the other GOP claim to have a strong Christian faiths. Does anyone really think Jesus would be pro-waterboarding?

    November 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
    • Jack Chaffin

      Does anyone think that libs like you actually care what Jesus would think?

      November 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Silvio


      November 15, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  9. M Simmons

    Aside from the complexity of the issue (like legal definitions of torture and enemy combatants)...Why not make things more clear? Change the name from CNN to ONN (Obama News Network). The question on the Republican candidates position is an example of bias so blatant and so unprofessional that when I first heard it I thought I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit. What this "journalist", this fake reporter waving pom-poms, was really saying was, "Hey Prez, those Repubs are so stupid they actually think torture is okay."

    I though journalist were supposed to be objective and hold policy makers accountable, not suck up to them. This is why I stay away from CNN and why I encourage everyone else I know to do likewise. Thanks for dumbing down a complicated issue and looking like a lapdog...real quality service from the fourth estate. My mistake for thinking journalists were obligated to positions of neutrality in reporting on issues so that people can judge the facts for themselves. Wouldn't want that now, would we?

    Power to the sheople!

    November 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  10. Libsdonthink

    I'll bet all you touchie-feelies have no problem with drone attacks killing anyone in its vicinity since Obama has been launching dozens of them. DAK, your vet status makes your opinion no better than anyone else's. MaryM, you are just another shallow thinking liberal idiot.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  11. Jeffromac23

    all you who favor waterboarding you realize you are giving our enemy's the right to waterboard our servicemen and servicewoman. The United States led the way on the Geneva Convention in which torture was agreed to be out of bounds to use on prisionors of war. We did this to prevent our prisoners from being tortured. Most of you do not remember history apparently but that should not come as any surprize from people so willing to listen to the party that ran up almost all of our debt and blame it on our current president shame on you.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  12. Chuck J

    The question be posed to CNN whether Dan Lothian is uninformed, out of touch or irresponsible as a journalist. The obviously biased pro-democratic party reporter was not seeking President Obama's opinion but was making a statement. If Dan Lothian is a reporter, he should be reporting facts not informing America of his personal political beliefs. If Dan and CNN are spearheading President's Obama's reelection, be honest about it and give up the masquerade that this is "news."

    November 14, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  13. Mic Laf

    So Dan since your so concerned about the GOP and their take on waterboarding, why didn't you Mr. President about his continued use of renditioning. From our great leader: "Obviously you need to preserve some tools - you still have to go after the bad guys". More double standards from the left and MSM.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  14. tonymo

    For you incredly ignorant, ill-informed liberals, ALL of our personnel, military, CIA ARE subjected to waterboarding for training purposes!

    Torture has a very specific definition which begins, "Inflicting SEVERE pain for the purpose of coersion!" Also libs, if one of YOUR loved ones was kidnapped by terrorists, and threatended with, not waterboarding, but with BEHEADING, and one was captured would YOU demand there be no method other than prescribed in the Army Field Manual to try to find where they are being held!

    You people live a theoretical world that has zero to do with reality. The waterboarding of KSM saved MANY innocent lives. Liberalism is no more than a sever psychiatric disorder!

    November 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  15. Chris

    If waterboarding is inherently wrong, then all war must be inherently wrong. There is really no evidence that war (as a rule) saves lives. You might say, "but war meets a morally justifiable goal." Well, what if we had a chance to waterbaord a terrorist that could have prevented 9/11, would you have agreed with it then, or does that person's individual rights trump his desire to kill thousands of people? This issue is not so simple, and I would need more knowledge on how this practice is actually utilized to make a judgment.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  16. Terry Walbert

    The only thing Dan Lothian proved by his question is that he doesn't know the first thing about reporting the news. Who cares what he thinks about waterboarding.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  17. J M Haynes

    What do we need Obama's opinion for, when CNN's "correspondent" gives us with all the opinion we can stand?
    "Last night at the Republican debate, some of the hopefuls, they hope to get your job, they defended the practice of waterboarding which is a practice you banned in 2009. Herman Cain said, quote, 'I don't see that as torture.' Michele Bachmann said that it's, quote, 'very effective.' So I'm wondering if you think that they're uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible?" CNN's White House correspondent Dan Lothian asked President Obama in Hawaii.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  18. fayse

    Waterboarding is torture. Torture is against the International law. GW Bush cancelled his plans to go to Europe because there was a group that was ready to serve him with legal action.

    November 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  19. jerry

    war is torture you liberal morons... You are in a war with people who will attach a bomb to themselves and destroy your family and you want to give them civilian rights? Are you nuts? Lets see how you feel when they begin exploding their munitions in your neighbor hoods. Besides, don't you know we do get other countries to do the water boarding now?

    November 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  20. Bob Wong

    No this administration doesn't waterboard, it assassinates.

    November 14, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  21. Aquilino morales

    And then the very next question about what Mitt Romney said in the debate about Iran, Obama says, "I am going to make a practice of not commenting on whatever is said in Republican debates until they've got an actual nominee." (Unless it's about waterboarding). Isn't it good to be king? Nice Follow up (lap dog)

    November 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  22. FLIndependent

    @Jerry – I'll bet you would be the first to say that President Obama isn't keeping our country safe despite the fact that he got Bin Laden, other Al Queda leaders and Gaddafi and is still going after terrorists around the globe. If Bush had done these things, you all would be calling for him to be added to Mt. Rushmore!! Torture is wrong and there is no proof it will keep us safer. If we sacrifice our values (as we did under Bush/Cheney) than the terrorists have won.

    November 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Silvio

      Like fabricating evidence to drag the nation into an unnecessary war. No WMD's in Iraq! Mushroom cloud my ass. How about paying the country back for the needless war. How about sending your kids to die for a lie.

      November 15, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • Hoot13

      FLindependent. Are you kidding using bin laden, gadafyi, and some terrorists in the mountains as proof of Obamas national security credentials, 1st the white house janitor would have authorized those particular calls, I look at his handling of Iran / israel as a better example of his ineptitude in foreign policy, we're over a barrel with n Korea and their not even driven by psychotic religious prophecys, god save us all when Iran gets a nuke bomb ( thanks to Obama )

      November 15, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  23. dugee

    In Athens during the golden age, the testimony of a slave was not admissible in court unless it was obtained by torture... even if they were just testifying as a witness. These people were considered a lower form of life who would not speak the truth unless coerced. Is this where we start? These low life foreigners are worthy of torture? At what point does it become acceptable to do to our own citizens? What if we torture someone who turns out to be entirely innocent? Oops indeed!
    Hey jerry how about if someone waterbaorded yo mamma?

    November 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  24. Karen

    Dan Lothian is a very bad journalist. He is a DNC hack who gets airtime on CNN. This is why CNN had layoffs – they have extremists who pretend to be journalists. Dan Lothian should be fired for that bias and unAMerican questions. The partisan hinge factor of the far-left liberals at CNN is a truly pathetic moment in their once great history. Hopefully, Dan Lothian gets fired in the next round of layoffs.

    RNC will not allow debates with CNN. Too obvious in their extremist liberalism.

    November 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • GRyanS

      I like how none of his multiple choices, were not derogatory. What a joke.

      November 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • Silvio

      Who owns CNN u twit? A corporation who doesn't pay taxes.

      November 15, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  25. Karen

    So do we chose torture or murder from a missile with a drone? Do we arrest them and waterboard, or send in the Seals and gun down unarmed visitors?

    Would you rather be waterboarded or hit with a missile send from a drone? How much information do we get from a smoldering corpse? Why isn't drone killing torture? Are we sure the guy died instantly?

    November 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  26. Karen

    Should we have waterboarded Al Awaki ? Or was it better to hit and ten other people (some innocent?) with a drone missile?

    If you are for human rights, how is using a drone to kill better than dunking a guy underwater?

    November 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • Kristi

      Look up waterboarding on wikipedia. It is NOT dunking a head underwater. It is simulated drowning, which can result in dry drowning–which results in death. Waterboarding has historically been considered torture. We prosecuted Japanese soldiers for using this form of torture in WWII, so if we would not be okay with it being done to us, we shouldn't do it to others. Evil Americans are tried before a jury and get their just dues. I don't see why our prisoners of war aren't treated the same way. Wouldn't it be terrible if we killed or tortured an innocent man or woman? By not properly trying these prisoners we are opening ourselves up to making terrible mistakes.

      November 15, 2011 at 12:37 am |
  27. justin

    Torture was watching that debate the other night.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Jack Chaffin

      No, torture is watching CNN pseudo-reporters pretending to be journalists. And trying not to kiss Obama's toes too often while they are. Shame, CNN!

      November 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Mitser Happ

      Torture is living with this nimrod dufus of a president, not to mention voters like you.

      As far as the debate goes, you apparently are unable to fathom either changing the channel or simply turning off the TV altogether. This would make you either debilitated in some way or a glutton for punishment, neither one of which gives anything you have to suggest a shred of credibility.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Jack Chaffin

      And torture is watching this incompetent, narcissistic naif try to be President for the last three years.

      November 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • Howard


      November 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
      • Silvio

        Torture is having to listen to another debate from the cast of idiots on the right.

        November 15, 2011 at 1:22 am |
      • jean2009

        @Silvio So mean the OOPS line up of GOP contenders?

        November 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  28. GRyanS

    I don't think it is torture, waterboarding is more of a head game since no one gets hurt(physically). I have seen worse in a frat house. Torture to me, is sawing someones head off.

    November 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  29. Jack Chaffin

    Has any major White House correspondent ever asked such an embarrassing, in-the-tank, biased, slanted "we love you"-disguised-as-a-question as the one posed here by this CNN "reporter"? I don't think I ever have. CNN should be ashamed to call this "reporting".

    November 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  30. larry

    What a dumb question by the reporter Dan Lothian – how can you take him serious – what a joke

    November 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    LOL! So true Justin!

    November 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Howard


      November 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
      • phil

        torture is when a fat, white, bourgeoisie, neocon opens their mouth.

        November 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Howard watching that clueless debate the other night, pointed out that the whole GOP/Teapotty field can be summed up in one word.....OOPS!

      November 15, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  32. Me

    Good Lord, Dan. What kind of an Obama brown-nosing loser are you, serving up such a lame question like that to him on a silver platter?

    November 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
  33. Rowca

    The question was prefaced by "Are GOP candidates uninformed, out of touch, or irresponsible..." this is presumptous on Mr Lothian's as it would be for me to ask him if as a reported is he – "are you bias, stupid, or unprofessional?" Is this what CNN ethical and professional journalism? Lothian would never have passed journalism 101 at a community college.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  34. Joseph Apodaca

    Ask John McCain about the waterboarding he received in Vietnam....He has said it was torture.. How can you republicons not listen to one of your republicon icons. Waterboardings is against the Geneva conventions. You can guarantee that our soldiers will be waterboarded in a future conflict. We will then scream that it is torture. I guess the Geneva Conventions only applies to other countries.... What other forms of "enhanced" interrogation methods are we going to use..... nail pulling?

    November 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  35. Dan

    Karen your attempt to tie these two tactics together is completely irrelevant. We convicted Japanese of water board ing American prisoners after world war 2. Also as stated above it is violation of the Geneva Convention. Personally I don't think people who are for water boarding should have this done to them. I think they should be forced to apply the technique to their spouse or loved one. Then come to CNN and blog the results so us liberals can know the truth.

    November 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  36. Stephen D

    @ Howard, Karen and RJ. Wow...tell us how you really feel guys. I'm not a vet. I have never seen war first hand and if I have my way I never will. But I do have a conscience and I do read an awful lot of history. Historically speaking, information obtained from torture has proven to be false as often, if not more often, than it proved true. A person being tortured will say anything to make the torture stop, even giving their captors information that they never actually knew to begin with. And when a nation is behind the torture of POW's, whether they be from other nations or illegal organizations, the allies of those being tortured often retaliate by torturing their prisoners in turn. Which in basic terms means, if we torture them when we catch them, they will torture our men when our men are captured. But beyond that, can anyone say they would be ok being the one doing the torturing of another human being? If not, you sure as hell shouldn't be advocating torture. Or is torture only ok when it's on non white non christians? But I suppose that is the Republican way. Yell stupidity at the top of your lungs, then attack the patriotism of anyone who opposes your thoughts. This is America, where everyone has a right to their opinions and where officials are elected because they are the best choice to run the country. And in my opinion, that's President Obama. But tell you what, you don't wanna live in America with us liberals and Obama as President? Get out! No one's gonna stop you!

    November 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  37. Thomas Schultz

    Dan Lothian is the most BIASED reporter ever......he should be totally ignored by the populous! Idiot as well! How can someone ask such a question and be consdiered a professional. In my company, an action like this would not be tolerated......He would be GONE! Better yet, let him go on O' Reilly for 10 minutes; chopped liver!

    November 15, 2011 at 12:12 am |
  38. Silvio

    Let's water board Eric Canter,Mitch McConnell, and all the GOP!

    November 15, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  39. Don

    John McCain (the last pre-circus-era Republican) agrees with President Obama. The current sewer of GOP candidates are basically wackj0bs – with the most outspoken sinking fastest in the polls and those smart enough to keep their trap shut gaining ground and campaign cash.

    November 15, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  40. Victoria avgam54

    Its gotten us no where. Obama is right this torture IS wrong and its not who we are. It does not help either... The dude they had done this to over 180 times STILL lied about bin laden and his courier. People need to realize that if these psychos will blow them selves up on purpose for what they believe in, torture by the very people they hate will not make them tell the truth. Thie core convictions are simply too strong.

    November 15, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  41. DBerry

    RON PAUL opposses waterboarding or any type of torture. The only choice for 2012!

    November 15, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  42. Pablo Enrique

    Aside from the complexity of the issue (like legal definitions of torture and enemy combatants)...Why not make things more clear? Change the name from CNN to ONN (Obama News Network). The question on the Republican candidates position is an example of bias so blatant and so unprofessional that when I first heard it I thought I was watching a Saturday Night Live skit. What this "journalist", this fake reporter waving pom-poms, was really saying was, "Hey Prez, those Repubs are so stupid they actually think torture is okay."

    Aren't journalists supposed to be objective and hold policy makers accountable, not suck up to them? This is why I stay away from CNN and encourage everyone I know to do likewise. Thanks for dumbing down a complicated issue and looking like a lapdog...real quality service from the fourth estate. My mistake for thinking journalists were obligated to positions of neutrality in reporting on issues so that people can judge the facts for themselves. Wouldn't want that now, would we?

    November 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
  43. Ray E. Georgia

    Sometimes gathering Intellegence can be very tough. Certainly no one wants to do anyone else harm. But you have to fight fire with fire. The Attack on 9-11 wasn't exactly going by the rules as was the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is very distressing that Obame would give such an answer.

    November 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • DaveinSC

      It's distressing that people actually justify torture as security.

      November 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  44. Max

    Did anyone actually see the question asked? It was hysterical. CNN has got to have the biggest joke of reporters I have ever heard. I was surprised that reporter was able to actually ask the question since his lips were stuck to Obama's butt. Even after he asked the moron softball question, Obama looked at him like, Are you a real reporter?

    November 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  45. C-Lo

    Not to justify the practice, but let's also keep in mind that waterbording was not used as standard practice interrogation, but reserved as an extreme measure for top leutenants after all other "tactics" had been employed.

    I know detractors will say we were lied to about this as well (and we may have been), but it wasn't the run of the mill soldier that was being "tortured," but the few at the highest levels after all other attempts to extract information had failed.

    Again not justifying (or maybe I am), just saying.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
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