One has to admire the style with which Bush addresses the torture question. You can see the exasperation in his face, hear it in his voice, as he says that of course we will abide by the laws concerning torture. It's as if he's saying, "What the hell kind of a guy do you think I am?"
And then we read in the New York Times today that language, approved by the Senate (96-2), that would have explicitly extended to the intelligence community the same restrictions on the use of torture that are now in place for the defense department, was removed in conference committee following a letter sent by Condoleeza Rice objecting to that language.
This is, of course, a far from isolated incident. There have been so many reports over the last year indicating the importance that this administration places on being able to insure that they can use whatever extreme measures they feel are appropriate, in whatever settings they deem necessary.
But Bush is determined to obey the law. If the law gets in his way, he won't break it. He'll just change it, or get some justice department lawyer to interpret it in the way he wants.
It's breathtaking. I suppose that all Presidents find the laws to be a nuisance from time to time, but I don't think that any of them have been as effective as Bush at steamrolling them.