When Isn’t the Capture of Saddam a Good Thing?

If you’re a Bush-hating Democrat, the news of Saddam Hussein’s capture on Sunday, December 14, could not have been good.

What then is the proper reaction to the news that this mass-murdering, Kurd-gassing, torture-imposing, Butcher of Baghdad has been caught if you’re one such Democrat?

Spin. Ignore the goodness of the news. Do what ever it takes to distract or misdirect — like a carnival worker — people’s attention from what is really going on in order to slip in your version of reality and to undermine anyone who stands opposed to you.

For example:

  • The Washington congressman who criticized President Bush while visiting Baghdad last year has questioned the timing of the capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

    Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., told a Seattle radio station Monday the U.S. military could have found Saddam “a long time ago if they wanted.” Asked if he thought the weekend capture was timed to help Bush, McDermott chuckled and said: “Yeah. Oh, yeah.”

    The Democratic congressman went on to say, “There’s too much by happenstance for it to be just a coincidental thing.”

    When interviewer Dave Ross asked again if he meant to imply the Bush administration timed the capture for political reasons, McDermott said: “I don’t know that it was definitely planned on this weekend, but I know they’ve been in contact with people all along who knew basically where he was. It was just a matter of time till they’d find him.

    “It’s funny,” McDermott added, “when they’re having all this trouble, suddenly they have to roll out something.”

    –from “McDermott in Hot Water for Saddam Quip,”
    Newsday, December 15, 2003)
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  • Let me be clear: My position on the war has not changed.

    The difficulties and tragedies we have faced in Iraq show that the administration launched the war in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with inadequate planning, insufficient help, and at unbelievable cost. An administration prepared to work with others in true partnership might have been able, if it found no alternative to Saddam’s ouster, to then rebuild Iraq with far less cost and risk. […]

    The capture of Saddam is a good thing which I hope very much will help keep our soldiers safer. But the capture of Saddam has not made America safer.

    –from Gov. Dean’s foreign policy speech
    to The Pacific Council, December 15, 2003)