Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Tangled up in who? Lately, it has seemed as though everyone on Earth with an Internet connection has already seen the video of the execution of Saddam Hussein, except me. But it turns out I have a fellow compatriot, of a sort: the President of the United States of America. We have different motivations, I’m sure, because I’m a pacifist, and squeamish, and George is, to quote Reuters, “focused on ‘the way forward’ in Iraq.” Cue the Jon Stewart Face:

The White House said U.S. concerns about the way Saddam’s execution was carried out were expressed to the Iraqi government through the U.S. Embassy and military officials in Baghdad.

Bush’s focus was on the judicial process that was followed in Iraq and “the way forward,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.

“The president has said that he was pleased that the Iraqi people carried forward a judicial process, tried someone who has murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens, and carried forward justice that was unimaginable during his reign. And that’s where the president’s focus was,” he said.

Asked why Bush had not seen the video, Stanzel replied: “Because that’s not his focus.”


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