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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Angry Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson On MSNBC: Let Me Waterboard Rumsfeld And ‘We’ll See If He Says It’s Torture’

(By Matt Schneider, Mediaite) - Tensions are getting high as the old issue of whether waterboarding is an effective interrogation tool or merely torture, resurfaces again in the national conversation. Last night former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Bill O’Reilly waterboarding is not torture, and in response, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on 'The Ed Show' and told Ed Schultz that Rumsfeld is plainly “delusional.”

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Lawrence Wilkerson: “My former boss Colin Powell recently said that Donald Rumsfeld was delusional and deceptive and he could prove both points. My former boss is right. . . . Multiple tiers of bureaucracy gave [Rumsfeld] the information he has. He made sure that his bureaucracy was sycophant. Yes-men, yes-women. He made sure the people working for him told him what he wanted to hear. . . . Let me waterboard Donald Rumsfeld and then we’ll see if he says it’s torture or not.”


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