Tuesday, December 16, 2003
I feel like I’m in an alternative world where Dean is the head lemming and the media and his supporters take every f-up and spin in so many directions the average citizen can’t tell what is the truth.
However, are we safer today than one week ago? Yes if we can leverage Saddam's capture in the right way, to some degree we may blunt some of the Sunni insurgency against our troops (yes, of course not all). Do you want precedent? Look at what Turkey was able to do after capturing PKK Kurdish rebel leader / terrorist Abdullah Ocalan.
By capturing Saddam, it has afforded Bush several opportunities to internationalize the situation and make strides to extradite us from Iraq. Will he, who knows? Most likely no, but I can be optimistic.
Maybe Saddam can trade WMD for his life being spared (life in a spider hole instead). Finding the WMD would go a long way to repair our relationship to the world (although not as much as a new President).
For those of you so concerned about Saddam getting his "ultimate penalty", screw you. I’d rather give him life in prison if it can be used to demoralize the Sunni insurgency and save just ONE American soldier’s life. Again, refer to the PKK case. Sorry for actually caring about our soldiers, who this President dares terrorists to kill, with his "bring it on hubris."
Updated: From Politicalwire.com's Quote of the Day
"There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat to the United States and to our allies."
-- Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT), on CBS' Face the Nation, September 29, 2002.
Updated: Statement from John Kerry on the Capture of Saddam Hussein
December 14, 2003
"This is a great day for U.S. forces, the Iraqi people, and the world. Capturing Saddam Hussein and ensuring that this brutal dictator will never return to power is an important step towards stabilizing Iraq for the Iraqis."
"Let’s also be clear: Our problems in Iraq have not been caused by one man and this is a moment when the administration can and must launch a major effort to gain international support and win the peace. We need to share the burden, bring in other countries, and make it clear to the world that Iraq belongs to the Iraqi people.
"Today is another opportunity to invite the world into a post-Saddam Iraq and build the coalition to win the peace that we should have built to win the war.”