AND ALBRIGHT -
By Jon Christian Ryter
December 18, 2003
The American soldier in the 4th ID that was about to lob a hand grenade into the spider hole where Saddam Hussein was hiding responded to the voice in the hole who said, "I am Saddam Hussein. I am the President of Iraq. I want to negotiate," by replying to the Iraqi dictator with these words: "Greetings from President Bush."
When he announced the capture of Saddam the following morning, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III simply said: "We got him."
Those three words prompted three days of non-stop news coverage that garnered a lot of different words from politicians around the United States depending, of course, on what political party they belonged to. And Bush's approval rating shot up 8 percentage points as pictures of Saddam being manhandled by an Army doctor wearing rubber gloves carved an image of a beaten dictator in the minds of those who watched the news coverage.
One imagines--with good reason--that the private emotional reaction of the nation's leading liberal Democrats was neither a display of patriotic pride nor the elation that is generally felt when something particularly good and meaningful for the nation has happened.
While Hillary, who had just a week earlier told American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq (just a stone's throw from the Kuwaiti border), that the outcome of their war on terrorism under George W. Bush was "in doubt," put on her best political "double face" and announced to an elect gathering at the Council on Foreign Relations that she was thrilled by the capture. In a carefully scripted message to the invisible elite, Hillary said: "We owe a great debt of gratitude to our troops, to the president, to our intelligence services, to all who had a hand in apprehending Saddam..." Hillary, a woman who perfected the use of public opinion polls to keep from stepping into donkey kong, knows better than to buck the temporary bumps and spikes in the polls.
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean who conveniently sealed all of his actions as governor of that State by an Executive Order for ten years before throwing his hat in the presidential ring, was not quite as smart. Dean, a socialist of the old school, declared that "...the capture of Saddam has not made America safer" Even though she thought the same thing, Hillary was smart enough not to say it--in public.
Dean claimed that the media play on the capture of Saddam was just politics. He immediately attempted to take America's focus off of the Butcher of Baghdad and center it on North Korea, blaming Bush almost in the same breath for North Korea's decade-old attempt to develop nuclear weapons (even though North Korea was well on the way to achieving that objective thanks to the co-presidency of Bill and Hillary Clinton [with the help of preppy veep, Junior Gore who never saws a yen he didn't want to add to his campaign coffers] who provided the North Korean government not only with the technology they needed but with the tools needed to achieve their objective). Dean is now facing a media blitz engineered by a "former" Dick Gephart fund-raiser, David Jones who, with former Congressman Edward Feighan [D-OH], formed AMERICANS FOR JOBS, HEALTH CARE & PROGRESSIVE VALUES, launched a 30-second TV spot kncoking Dean's lack of experience in foreign policy, declaring that Dean can't compete with Goerge Bush on foreign policy. The shocker is that the money used by new advocacy group came from the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers--a labor union which already has Dean in its back pocket. The union, which now screaming since they are backing Dean, gave Jones $50,000 believing Jones and Feighan would use the money for anti-Buish, not anti-Dean spots. the AMAW wants Jones to return their contribution. They are blaming the spots on Gephart who claims he had no knowledge of them.
Over the past three or four months, George W. Bush has knocked two of the three legs off the Democratic milking stool as he stole their key issues and enacted them into law. All of the seven democratic dwarfs (who are running on empty to the Democratic convention) had nothing left to campaign on after the passage of the prescription drug coverage bill by Bush--except, perhaps, their groundless supposition that Bush could not win in Iraq as long as Saddam Hussein was at large.
Since Saddam was captured, the last remaining leg on the milking stool has gotten very wobbly. All that's left holding it up is Osama bin Laden. If he's caught anytime soon, the stool will come crashing down and the Democrats will land on their posterior brain cells, and the bulk of their 2004 campaign issues will evaporate--leaving them with 2002's "me, too" campaign rhetoric that cost them seats in both the House and the Senate.
For that reason, the Democrats have to make Bush's economic, poltiical and military victories appear not only inconsequential but also contrived.
It was that reason that Congressman James McDermott [D-WA] went to Baghdad last year to meet with Saddam Hussein in an attempt to defuse Bush's war plans. When he returned from meeting with the Butcher of Baghdad, McDermott told the liberal media that Bush would lie to the American people in order to justify attacking Saddam in his own "wag the dog" scenario.
On Seattle radio station KIRO-FM McDermott was interviewed by talk show host David Ross who asked him if McDermott believed the capture of Saddam was "timed" to help Bush. McDermott replied, "Yeah. Oh, yeah. There's too much by happenstance for it to be just a coincidental thing." Realizing he had a real live ratings-boosting loose cannon big mouth on his show, Ross asked if McDermott thought the timing of the capture was driven by politics.
McDermott replied: "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 until they found him...It's funny," he added, "when they're having all this trouble, suddenly they have to roll out something."
Is McDermott suggesting that the 4th ID had Saddam trapped like a rat in a hole and kept him cooped up there until Bush needed a ratings boost? How stupid. If that was true, when Bush's approval ratings dropped to 51% on November 10, that would have been the best time to "capture Saddam." The reality is, while the 4th ID was convinced that Saddam was in that area, and had been in that area all along, they simply couldn't find him until Sunday.
On Monday Fox News' Morton Kondracke met with former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in the "green room" at Fox's Washington broadcast studios where they discussed the capture of Saddam Hussein. Albright mentioned Bush's sagging ratings because of the Howard Dean juggernaut and suggested to Kondracke that Bush had timed the capture of Saddam to get as much political capital from it that he could.
Like McDermott, it appears that the former Jimmy Carter advisor who talked America's worst president into giving away the Panama Canal, is convinced that there was some collusion between Bush and Saddam for the former Iraqi dictator to screw up and get caught when it was most convenient for Bush, so the Iraqi Governing Council could give him a speedy trial followed by an even speedier execution. Yeah, if I close my eyes with safety pins and drug myself into a stupor with rancid goat's milk, I can see that happening. Yeah, right. Can't you picture Saddam chomping at the bit to do favors for George W. Bush after Bush's soldiers offed Uday and Qusay and removed him from power?
McDermott, Albright, former President Jimmy Carter, Howard Dean, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, are all convinced that sanctions would have ultimately worked to bring Saddam to his knees. Each of them is certain that a military solution was wrong. Each of them knows that the Islamic insurgents will ultimately prevail, and that the United States should quit and get our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan before we accidentially win and make it impossible for any Democrat to win as much as a seat on a bus in 2004. In the view of the socialist liberals who took over the Democratic Party, we need to turn control of both Iraq and Afghanistan over to the UN. Sacre bleu--they must be French. If they aren't, we need to use that portion of Patriot Act II that Attorney General John Ashcroft is trying hard to secretly enact that will allow the Justice Department, with the consent of the State Department (and not the federal courts), to revoke the citizenship of dissidents (even those who are natural citizens) and deport them to any country of the government's choice.
I say if we can't send these six and a few more liberal Congressmen, Senators and socialist federal judges to China, North Korea or the former Soviet Union, let's send them to France.
© 2003 Jon Christian Ryter - All Rights Reserved
Jon Christian Ryter is the pseudonym of a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel. He authored a syndicated newspaper column, Answers From The Bible, from the mid-1970s until 1985. Answers From The Bible was read weekly in many suburban markets in the United States.
Today, Jon is an advertising executive with
the Washington Times. His website, www.jonchristianryter.com
has helped him establish a network of mid-to senior-level Washington insiders
who now provide him with a steady stream of material for use both in his
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"it appears that the former Jimmy Carter advisor who talked America's worst president into giving away the Panama Canal, is convinced that there was some collusion between Bush and Saddam for the former Iraqi dictator to screw up and get caught when it was most convenient for Bush..."