I walked out of my house Saturday morning and was surprised to see fog lingering in my neighborhood’s streets. I thought that bastard Saddam Hussein was responsible for fog, I thought. How could there be fog since they finally killed that bastard Saddam Hussein?
Regardless, I sure am glad they finally killed that bastard Saddam Hussein.
Sigh. Actually, I’m not. For the past few days, I’ve been trying to think about how to write something with this level of sarcasm, but I really don’t think I can get away with it much longer than two paragraphs. The truth is, I just wanted to see that headline. Because I think the headline is funny. That might tell you a bit about what it’s like to live in this noggin.
Honestly, though, I can’t comprehend many, many things about Saddam’s end. For starters: In whose reality was hanging Saddam Hussein a wise strategic move in the “war” on “terror?” I mean, in my mindâ€”I know, I know, I’m just a humble Web monkey by day, so what the hell do I knowâ€”in my mind, we’ve just ceded a powerful tool to, um, “them.” Alive and captive, Saddam was really useful to nobody but us. Strung up, he is useful as a martyr, a martyr any organization, no matter what they thought of Alive Saddam, can appropriate.
As it happens, one of the witnesses to the executionâ€”the most recent reports are saying it’s Iraq’s National Security Advisorâ€”is a pretty good shutterbug. The footage shows that one or some of the witnesses were chanting at Saddam, chanting “macaca” at him. As you can imagine, people were outraged.
But, seriously: It’s amazing, isn’t it? Let’s be honest: The death of Saddam was one of the primary goals of our invasion of Iraq. In fact, the operation launched with an attempt on the man’s life. But it appears that the utter incompetence and also the lack of competence that have colored this whole, oh, how you say, “fiasco,” have managed to creep in here, too. Who could have imagined the ridiculous notion that the execution itself would require an investigation? Unbelievable.
It’s been reported that the current president will in a week share with the American people what he intends to do to “fix” Iraq. The question remains, why, oh why in the wide wide world of sports do we continue to listen to this man and/or any of the architects of this disaster? They’ve been wrong at every turn and have managed to make every part of it a farce.
We need an Iraq Study Group 2.0, to be headed by Dennis Kucinich, flanked by Howard Dean and Russ Feingold. Perhaps then, we’d have some real answers.