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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:48 PM
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"Hang Saddam Hussein because there's nothing else this president can get right."
From Josh Marshall at Talking Points:

(December 29, 2006 -- 12:05 PM EDT)

IT'S A HORNET'S NEST. But I'm game. So why not jump in.

"Bush administration officials" are telling CNN that Saddam Hussein will be hanged this weekend. Convention dictates that we precede any discussion of this execution with the obligatory nod to Saddam's treachery, bloodthirsty rule and tyranny. But enough of the cowardly chatter. This thing is a sham, of a piece with the whole corrupt, disastrous sham that the war and occupation has been. Bush administration officials are the ones who leak the news about the time of the execution. One key reason we know Saddam's about to be executed is that he's about to be transferred from US to Iraqi custody, which tells you a lot. And, of course, the verdict in his trial gets timed to coincide with the US elections.

This whole endeavor, from the very start, has been about taking tawdry, cheap acts and dressing them up in a papier-mache grandeur -- phony victory celebrations, ersatz democratization, reconstruction headed up by toadies, con artists and grifters. And this is no different. Hanging Saddam is easy. It's a job, for once, that these folks can actually see through to completion. So this execution, ironically and pathetically, becomes a stand-in for the failures, incompetence and general betrayal of country on every other front that President Bush has brought us.

Try to dress this up as an Iraqi trial and it doesn't come close to cutting it -- the Iraqis only take possession of him for the final act, sort of like the Church always left execution itself to the 'secular arm'. Try pretending it's a war crimes trial but it's just more of the pretend mumbojumbo that makes this out to be World War IX or whatever number it is they're up to now.

The Iraq War has been many things, but for its prime promoters and cheerleaders and now-dwindling body of defenders, the war and all its ideological and literary trappings have always been an exercise in moral-historical dress-up for a crew of folks whose times aren't grand enough to live up to their own self-regard and whose imaginations are great enough to make up the difference. This is just more play-acting.

Snip...

Marty Peretz, with some sort of projection, calls any attempt to rain on this parade "prissy and finicky." Myself, I just find it embarrassing. This is what we're reduced to, what the president has reduced us to. This is the best we can do. Hang Saddam Hussein because there's nothing else this president can get right.

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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:55 PM
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1. I'm sure if bush were actually performing the execution, it would be botched, too. n/t
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 12:57 PM
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2. It's not bad enough that Iraq is a cluster&$#@k...
If the US was smart...they would turn Saddam over the Hague and let him rot in jail there....the * is so blood thirsty that they think by hanging him will solve their problems...

His death by Hanging will be a catalyst for more terrorism....the people in the MiddleEast don't see the Iraqi's behind the death sentence...they see the US and the American people behind it....and so it will go....

Can we impeach them already......
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bumblebee1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:14 PM
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3. I wouldn't be surprised if Saddam is thinking the same way!!!
I'll be dead, but, Bush will still be a dumbf*ck.
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:14 PM
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4. With the current farce about the hanging date, I'd say this too is a botch.
The point of a judicial process is so that justice will be seen as legitimate.
The U.S. and Iraqi governments cannot speak with one voice about who has
Saddam or when he should be executed. We have conflicting statements from
Iraqi ministers on an almost hourly basis. The competing interest groups inside
the government cannot come to an agreement and stick with it. They cannot agree
what the law says.

Last I heard, U.S. officials say thet Saddam is still in U.S. custody.
When they transfer him, it will be for hanging on a U.S.-made gallows
ending a process openly supported from the White House.

Much of the justice value of punishing the SOB has been squandered.
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enid602 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:15 PM
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5. plus. . .
I would imagine Saddam knows too much to be kept alive. A pity, really.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:20 PM
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6. I heard Jesse Jackson say on the topic today:
paraphrased:

"Saddam didn't attack us, and Osama Bin Laden is still free. This has all been a lie."
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Tanuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 01:38 PM
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7. Jesse is exactly right on this and I wish this point would get
hammered home by more people. This is *'s attempt to get "closure" on yet another of his massive failures. I haven't heard any of the other commentators point out that OBL is still at large, unpunished.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:03 PM
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8. I am not going to laugh when the rope isn't tied right
and I would be surprised if you hear about Saddam escaping.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:28 PM
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9. Official: Saddam to be executed tonight
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