Saddam to hang soon

From NYT:

Preparations for the execution of Saddam Hussein began taking on a sense of urgency late Thursday as American and Iraqi officials suggested that he could be hanged within a span of days rather than weeks.

After upholding the death sentence against Mr. Hussein on Tuesday for the execution of 148 Shiite men and boys in 1982, an Iraqi appeals court ruled that he must be sent to the gallows within 30 days. But Mr. Hussein may not have even that long to live, officials said.

A senior administration official said that the execution would probably not take place in the next 24 hours, but that the timing would be swift. “It may be another day or so,” the official said.

Another senior administration official said later Thursday night that Iraqi officials had told the White House to expect the execution on Saturday, Baghdad time. more …

Don’t misunderstand me, I know Saddam Hussein is a “bad” guy but how can you have a fair trial if your lawyers keep turning up dead. It was seem to me that it is in the interest of the United States for the trial to be as fair as possible.

President Ford on the Iraq War

President Ford was from a different time.  A time of modesty.  He would never stand up and denounce a sitting president.  It didn’t matter if the President was Republican or Democrat.  He understand the niceties of politics from an era before Tom “the Hammer” Delay and Newt Gingrich.  So, I find it interesting that he did an interview with Bob Woodward and asked for it to be published after his death.  President Ford was a practical man in my opinion.  He believed in negotiation something the neo-cons don’t believe is necessary.  Therefore, it is no surprise that he didn’t support the invasion. 

From WaPo:

“Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction,” Ford said. “And now, I’ve never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.”

In a conversation that veered between the current realities of a war in the Middle East and the old complexities of the war in Vietnam whose bitter end he presided over as president, Ford took issue with the notion of the United States entering a conflict in service of the idea of spreading democracy.