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"It is better to be drunk with loss and to beat the ground, than to let the deeper things gradually escape."

- I. Compton-Burnett, letter to Francis King (1969)

"Cynical realism – it is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."

- Aldous Huxley, "Time Must Have a Stop"

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Sunday, 14 December 2003

Topic: Iraq

Breaking News: Saddam Hussein captured alive (nothing else today will be covered in the media, of course)
A friend in Atlanta (Rick) writes:
I assume you've heard.

If not, turn on the TV. It seems they caught Saddam.

(Oh, well, there goes the election. Unless, of course, this guy turns out to be one of the twelve imposters that were never found either.)
I replied:
Yeah, I heard. I've been up since four. Damned cat walking all over me - she's bored? Hungry? Evil?

I watched a bit of CNN and all the rest. I might drift into the next room and catch Bush. I think he's speaking now.

Here's one reaction that seems right -

"But, it really doesn't change much. Capturing Saddam isn't going to end the resistance to the US occupation in Iraq. It may improve things slightly, or it could even make it worse, but the net effect will probably be negligible. Saddam was a bad guy, but it isn't clear he's any worse of a guy than some of the folks who are a part of our `Coalition of the Willing,' so this pretense of moral clarity, etc... is ridiculous.

"Saddam wasn't a threat to us. This was a war of choice and we made a bad choice (and many more bad choices subsequently). Kosovo was also a war of choice. Whether or not that was a bad choice, consider the disparity in the media coverage of those wars.

"And, cynical me just has to ask - who's the enemy now? The [neoconservative] base needs one.

"Did they really call it `operation Red Dawn?' Oy.
Rick replies:
Who said all that? I disagree to a degree.

So Bush is speaking now. I think he delayed it because he wanted his writers to come up with better soundbites.

I think Saddam being gone will affect some of the insurgents not at all. But of the "swing voters," I think the most likely to be moved will be those who were taking comfort in the fact that these big American conquerors couldn't catch him. I don't think many rebels will be moved to action by this. But yes, the war will go on.

The big question: They say he'll be tried by Iraqis. So what if they find him not guilty? Any chance he'll make a comeback?

So Bush is done. Another forgettable speech.
The source, by the way, was the anonymous "Atrios" - as the link will show you.

And now? Use the comment option below to suggest what comes next, or send an email via the "profile" page.

I need more coffee.

Posted by Alan at 09:41 PST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Sunday, 14 December 2003 10:16 PST home

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