Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saddam Gets His Due. And I'm Sure the Timing is a Coincidence.

As you already know, and as no one has ever really doubted, Saddam is going to get what's coming to him. Needless to say: good.

I wish I could be happier about this, though. Five years ago, if you'd told me the SOB was going to be hanged, and not told me anything else, I'd be dancing in the streets. That, of course, is because I could never have forseen such a relentless campaign of deception to get us into the war, nor could I have forseen the mind-boggling incompetence that drove the pathetic and ill-conceived reconstruction efforts. Nor could I have imagined that we could have lost so much moral and political capital in such a short period of time, alienating a world fairly united behind us after 9/11.

So, I feel now about like I felt when we caught the SOB: good as this is, it almost certainly wasn't worth it.

Ramsey Clark called the trial "a mockery of justice," and for all I know--and, probably, for all you know too--that's true. It's hard to believe I'm writing this, but I just can't get myself to care about that. He's guilty of crimes of almost unimaginable evil, and he deserves to die. I'd rather he be convicted fairly, but unfairly would be good enough for me. It's admirable, incidentally, that Clark even agreed to do this loathsome and thankless job.

And I'm not even going to say anything about the timing. There's a decent chance that it's just a coincidence. I guess. Isn't there. Somebody please give me a good reason to think this is a coincidence.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

WS,

I don't think you will find Josh Marshall's observation reassuring.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't any coincidence that while CNN was running their news on Sunday morning as usual(9 AM EST) and mentioned the sentencing in the course of things, Faux ran a banner "Saddam Sentenced" all the time.

"Fair and balanced." Yeah, right.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Van Dyke said...

┬┐Como?

The most important story of the week if not the year and you praise CNN for doing the weather instead?

If you want to explore bias, it's CNN's airing blatant partisan propaganda under the guise of news in its series "Broken Government."

(I do realize that most consumers of news cannot discern between journalism and opinion, but even the title of this piece betrays its obvious slant.)

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Si, se puede, Maestro Tomas.

The most important story of the week if not the year and you praise CNN for doing the weather instead?

If they had been doing an extended segment on S.H., that would've been one thing, but they were running the banner during everything except the commercials and possible the weather, for all I know.

Also, by your rating of the story, you do realize you lend credence to WSs' theory.

Still, I must pay tribute to what is now a ghost of "we've turned a corner here", born sometime between the death of SHs' sons and the capture of SH.

The truth of the matter is that our bungling of the situation in Iraq made SH largely irrelevant after things didn't stabilize after his capture.

Oh, the Shia are happy and the Sunnis are pissed, and that will feed somewhat into further destabilizing a country that needs the opposite to happen STAT.

I realize that most folks who post here and perhaps a great majority of those who only read this blog aren't 'most consumers of news'.

If you want to explore bias, it's CNN's airing blatant partisan propaganda under the guise of news in its series

In Broken Government: Part One: Two Left Feet, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley, who has covered political campaigns for more than three decades, will examine why Democratic candidates seem to have such a hard time getting elected. She explores the reasons why many voters perceive Democrats as out-of-touch "wimps" incapable of keeping America secure, and why they're so often out-maneuvered by Republican opponents who appear to be better organized and faster on their feet.

Link

Yes, they really are no better than Faux these days.

10:15 PM  

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