Why George W. Bush is the Jack Bauer of All U.S. Presidents
I would have given that honor to Theodore Roosevelt, but for this quote ascribed to President Bush:
"Who authorized putting him on pain medication?"
Here's the context, from a James Risen (you know...the journalist who helped compromise our national security with the New York Times article that began this whole "domestic" spying nonsense) piece:
Days after the arrest of Abu Zubaydah, at the time the highest-ranking al-Qaeda operative in U.S. custody, Bush summoned CIA director George Tenet to the White House to ask what intelligence Abu Zubaydah had provided his captors. According to Risen's source, Tenet told Bush that Abu Zubaydah, badly wounded during his capture, was too groggy from painkillers to talk coherently. In response, Bush asked, "Who authorized putting him on pain medication?" Risen makes the leap that the Bush episode may represent the "most direct link yet between Bush and the harsh treatment of prisoners by both the CIA and the U.S. military"
It should be noted that aides to the former CIA Director, George Tenet, claim that the story is untrue (even though some of us would think it cool if it were true).
Now, I bring this up because on last night's episode of 24, here's what Jack Bauer said to an officer in relation to Jacob Rossler, who he shot and wounded in the leg:
"I don't mind that they've dressed his wound; but don't give him anything for the pain."