Saturday, July 03, 2004

That Ever-lovin' Evildoer Bounce 

Of course the Hajis are fully autonomous and whatnot, but after all we've done for them is there any reason why they shouldn't go to bat for the Great White Liberator and his re-election campaign? From the NY Daily News, via No More Mr. Nice Blog:
Republicans are pushing to put Saddam Hussein on trial before November, hoping an evildoer bounce in the polls carries President Bush to reelection, GOP sources said yesterday.

With the election shaping up as a referendum on Iraq, the officials said the televised spectacle of an arrogant Saddam in the dock would offset the Democrats' jibes at the failure to find weapons of mass destruction or prove a 9/11 link . . . .

The current timetable for the new Iraqi government would put Saddam on trial sometime next year, but Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) discussed with President Bush and Vice President Cheney last week moving up the schedule to late next month.

Specter described the reaction of Bush and Cheney to his proposal as "just listening," but he has prepared a Senate resolution calling for a speedier trial to be introduced when Congress returns from recess later this month.

"To try Saddam would put a lot of other issues in perspective," Specter said, and let Republicans argue the war was fought mainly to topple a hated dictator and free the Iraqi people.
There is apparently no truth to the rumor that several of our allies have passed binding resolutions calling for the U.S. Presidential election to be held right now, this minute, muy pronto, and what the hell are you waiting for?

UPDATE (via Atrios): Now that the L.A. Times has confirmed what we already knew about the famous tractor-pull in Firdos Square --
It was a Marine colonel — not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images — who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said. And it was a quick-thinking Army psychological operations team that made it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi undertaking.

After the colonel — who was not named in the report — selected the statue as a "target of opportunity," the psychological team used loudspeakers to encourage Iraqi civilians to assist, according to an account by a unit member.

But Marines had draped an American flag over the statue's face.

"God bless them, but we were thinking … that this was just bad news," the member of the psychological unit said. "We didn't want to look like an occupation force, and some of the Iraqis were saying, 'No, we want an Iraqi flag!' "

Someone produced an Iraqi flag, and a sergeant in the psychological operations unit quickly replaced the American flag.

Ultimately, a Marine recovery vehicle toppled the statue with a chain, but the effort appeared to be Iraqi-inspired because the psychological team had managed to pack the vehicle with cheering Iraqi children.
-- can someone please explain why we don't just drag Saddam outside, prop him up against a wall, and shoot him full of holes? Only film it to look like some grateful, freedom-loving, Dondi-eyed Hajis did it?

Maybe show 'em having a beer blast afterward, setting off fireworks and shouting "Democracy Whiskey Sexy" for the cameras?

Around the last week in October, maybe?

The beauty part is, you wouldn't even have to film it in Iraq.

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