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In a rare television interview since leaving the White House in 2009, former President George W. Bush defended some of his more controversial decisions during his time in office. Speaking to NBC, he said that he believed that the use of Waterboarding on inmates at Guantanamo Bay was both legal and necessary.

The interrogation method gained notoriety as state-sanctioned torture, but Bush stands by his decision, which he believes ‘saved American lives’.

He also said that history would judge him positively for his decision to invade Iraq, but that he would probably not be around when people came to the realization. Earlier, the former President had expressed a continuing feeling of ‘sickness’ at the lack of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) discovered by U.S troops.

In the freewheeling interview,  Bush also spoke of his regret for the economic mess he handed to current President Barack Obama and his relationship with his controversial Vice-President Dick Cheney.

He is currently promoting his memoir, Decision Points.

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