Comic Relief from Baghdad

The chief judge in the trial of Saddam Hussein says that Saddam was “no dictator.”

This is hilarious.    The Bush administration helps arrange a show trial. And they can’t even get the story line straight in a kangaroo court.

The chief prosecutor complained that the judge has allowed “defendants to go too far, with unacceptable expressions and words.”

One presumes that the Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld will make sure the same problem doesn’t happen with the pending tribunals at Guantanamo.

Maybe Bush can arrange to have the same judge in case he is ever put on trial.


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12 Responses to Comic Relief from Baghdad

  1. Ryan September 14, 2006 at 6:21 pm #


    It has been a bad day for Bush all the way around. Colin Powell came out against the T.I.C.

    I have a feeling that if Bush found himself in front of that judge he would hear “Bush is no president.” The judge would be correct in this case.

  2. Jim September 14, 2006 at 6:57 pm #

    Maybe Bush would go for the mercy of the court by doing his old frat boy routine of getting liquored up and sliding down the bar.

    Glad to see Powell come out against Bush’s BS tribunals.

    I hope this Congress gets out of business without retroactively legalizing torture.

  3. Jerry September 14, 2006 at 8:49 pm #

    Ryan, Bush is no president? Are you kidding me? He has all the qualities of a president. A liar, a thief and a bully, among other things. He’s from the same cloth as Wilson, Truman, Nixon, Johnson, Clinton and the Roosevelts.The only difference between him and most former presidents is that he’s still alive.

  4. Jim September 14, 2006 at 11:32 pm #

    Also, Bush, like former presidents, enjoys sovereign immunity….as long as he didn’t leave a bunch of tapes of his office conversations laying around…

  5. klyde September 15, 2006 at 10:06 am #

    I find it fascinating that no one in the MSM has pointed out what a US led show trial this is. Saddam and his co-defendants are held on Camp Cropper and guarded 24/7 by US troops. They’re handed over to the Iraqi guards only a few seconds before they step into the courtroom and go back into US cells when they step out .

  6. Jim September 15, 2006 at 10:14 am #

    klyde – excellent points.

    This is a repetition of the US media coverage of the trial of Milosevic. There were so many gross travesties in due process in that kangaroo court. But all that mattered was that the US had helped bring down a bad guy.

    Likewise, the US media has almost totally ignored the perseuction of Serbs, Gypsies, and Jews that occurred after the Clinton-Wesley Clark bombing campaign in 1999 to end “ethnic cleansing.”

  7. Jim September 15, 2006 at 1:55 pm #

    Got a dissenting email on this blog from someone named ‘Howard’ –

    “Just read your ‘no dictator’ piece and came to a conclusion. You are so eaten up with hatred that fair reporting and unbiased opinion are beyond your capability. Your grammar is in question, as well.

    “How fortunate for you that the United States is big enough and strong enough to let emotional intellecually deprived people capriciously flood the internet.”
    I am really concerned to hear that the Internet has been flooded.

    Crap, I hope this doesn’t mean that FEMA is going to take charge.

  8. Ryan September 15, 2006 at 3:49 pm #


    I’ve noticed from viewing various bulletin boards that you can always tell when you have nailed an opponent when they come back hollering about grammer and/or spelling. I’ve also noted that rarely to they give an example to try to disprove you. I’d say you ticked this guy off but good.

  9. Jim September 15, 2006 at 4:26 pm #

    Ryan – I have never expected to make a living from my grammatical expertise. I reckon there was a reason I got C’s in Freshman English.

    But as for critics, I suspect there may be a double standard at issue. I doubt that these same folks send emails to the White House complaining about George W.’s creative English….

  10. Ryan September 15, 2006 at 6:30 pm #


    I think that you are onto something. Bush may be trail brazing his way into creating a subset of English similar to Ebonics. You know, with words like “strategery”. I hear a number of folks who host the various [neo]”conservative” talk radio shows who pepper their speech with Bush pronunciations.

    Note: I apologize for my typo above.

  11. charlie ehlen September 16, 2006 at 12:57 am #

    Mr. Bovard,
    Damned right, Shrub is NO president.
    Now what he IS, well for starters, war criminal comes to mind. Deserter also, after being AWOL for 30 straight, it becomes desertion. I didn’t spend four years in the Marines and not learn a bit of the UCMJ. Oh, and Cheney aka “other priorities isn’t much of a vice president, unless that means he is the president in charge of vices. Hell, we had “other priorities” also. We called them staying alive and surviving the Viet Nam war and coming home. Far too many of us didn’t make it.
    When this entire criminal administration is brought into some court on war crimes charges, then maybe, just maybe we can try to be the Constitutional Republic that we should be.
    Of course we first need to get those Attention Deficit Deomocracy fellow Americans to get their collective heads out of their collective hind ends first.
    Just my 2 cents worth

  12. Antonio Eduardo Lico September 16, 2006 at 12:17 pm #

    Well, I am european (old european), so agnostic and marxist, and I persist believe in a better world.
    Saddam Hussein is still the Irak President. Irak is now an invaded country, occupied by foreign forces.
    Common sense tell us that Irak under Saddam was much better than now.
    As in Serbia, Nato and the americans bombed and killed in a barbaric way; after they accused Milosevic because he refused gige the right to defend his country. But was like that in Korea and Vietnam and all the dirty war in Latin America.
    I hope that some kind of sanity can be find in USA.