Saddam Ruling Set for Two Days Before November Elections

October 20, 2006 at 4:19 pm | Posted in American politics, Iraq, King George, Republicans, Saddam Trial, War on Terror | 2 Comments

Who DIDN’T see this coming? Saddam (or as my high school biology teacher called him “So Damn Insane”), America’s favorite boogieman will be sentenced and convicted on Sunday, November 5, 2006. Surprised?

I’m actually surprised that there are still Americans surprised by this. We’re talking about the Bush administration, the one that plays with national security to ensure its party gets re-elected.

Here’s how the story was reported pretty much everywhere: “An Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein for the killing of Shi’ite villagers in the 1980s could deliver a verdict on November 5, officials said, a ruling which could send the ousted leader to the gallows…”

A possible death-sentence for Saddam and his top lieutenants on November 5? Now, shouldn’t that raise a few eyebrows somewhere? If you happen to have a calendar close at hand, pull it over and take a quick look. That verdict would then come, curiously enough, just two days before the midterm elections. It’s the sort of thing that–you would think–that any reporter with knowledge of the US election cycle (no less of how Karl Rove has worked these last years) would at least note in an article. But no, you can search high and low without finding a reference to this in the mainstream media.

I wouldn’t also be surprised to see a Bin Laden video pop up in the next couple of weeks. It seems Bin Laden loves to give Bush a bump in the polls before elections…..

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  1. How cool. Iraq not only gets elections, but election-day politics.

    Good for them. They and the rest of the Middle East countries have seen a lot worse.

    This is one of the few cases where I’d support a public hanging. They should do it the day after the elections, ensuring the regional tyrants have a second heart attack.

  2. danithew,

    I don’t think “regional tyrants” are going to be frightened that Saddam got what he deserved. In fact, I’m quite sure that the region’s tyrants will be quite pleased that one who has antagonized all of them is now toast. They certainly are not afraid, and more disturbingly, they are certainly not afraid of America.


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