I watched a segment of Matt Lauer's interview with former President George W. Bush. When asked about waterboarding, Bush commented that it was legal because a lawyer(s) told him so.
Notwithstanding the fact that the matter has not been adjudicated, and while lawyers are certainly capable of giving advice, but it is not definitive. That's why we have courts - and I'm sure the former president does not want to have a day in court on this matter. One can question in which direction Bush's moral compass, assuming he has one, is pointing. If his lawyer told him it was legal to crush a detainee's testicles would he have that done?
But here's where his cravenness comes to light. Lauer attempted to ask Bush how he would respond if US soldier faced such treatment, upon which Bush interrupted him by saying that he didn't want to debate this question.
One can certainly understand why: any time a US soldier is a POW and gets tortured, Bush has pissed away our moral authority to protest torture. He, of course, despite the swagger, is too much of a coward to acknowledge this.