Friday, July 21, 2006

Attention: James Taranto

It appears that Saddam Hussein may be inching toward the Democratic Presidential primary in 2008. He will undoubtedly be hurt by the fact that he is not a citizen, but he's clearly putting himself in Russ Feingold/Dennis Kucinich/John Kerry territory, by calling for the US to pull out of Iraq because Bush misled them into war:

July 20, 2006
Hussein Writes to Americans, Urging Iraqi Pullout

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 20 — Defense lawyers for Saddam Hussein released a letter on Thursday that he recently wrote in prison that attempts to persuade the American people to demand a troop pullout because President Bush misled them into the Iraq war.

The 5,000-word letter is a rambling treatise outlining what Mr. Hussein asserts are the false reasons that the Bush administration used to justify the war in Iraq, from weapons of mass destruction to Iraqi links with Al Qaeda. Mr. Hussein blames Iran and pro-Israel interests for helping lead the Americans into war. He invokes the specter of Vietnam and the spirit of Mao Zedong, saying the Chinese revolutionary is “laughing in his grave because his prediction has been fulfilled and America is a paper tiger.”

The letter is dated July 7. It was handed by Mr. Hussein to Ramsey Clark, the former United States attorney general, who serves on Mr. Hussein’s defense team, said Rasha Oudeh, the office manager for Mr. Hussein’s eldest daughter. In the letter, Mr. Hussein said he wrote out his message to the Americans by hand at the behest of Mr. Clark...

He's missing the 'Bush lied; People died,' phrase, but that can be added. And it appears that Ramsey Clark is on his team; does that mean that Saddam is looking to snatch some of the Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton 'conservative southern governor cache?' If he is that shrewd, he may need to be taken seriously.

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