24 November, 2020

Gotcha! This One For Daddy

He's vindicated, his ratings soar but will they assure him a second innings?

Gotcha! This One For Daddy
A defanged dictator under lock and key is just what the political doctors ordered. Even though the White House had been declared a "gloat-free zone", officials could barely contain their elation at the morale-boosting success which came just in time for Christmas. A collective sigh of relief could be heard from Washington to Baghdad, a sense of anchoring felt in a war becoming unfocused, at least for the short term.

Bush was restrained as he announced the capture of Saddam, compared to the flamboyant flight suit and the macho aircraft carrier he used on May 1 after the fall of Baghdad. But by the next day a bit of the folksy swagger was back as he declared: "Good riddance. The world is better off without you, Mister Saddam Hussein." Then, to underscore what many had noted about the circumstance of Hussein's capture, Bush said: "I find it very interesting that when the heat got on, you dug yourself a hole and you crawled into it." With those words, the US president had done the equivalent of stepping on Saddam Hussein and squashing him with a heartfelt "Gotcha".




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