Was Getting Saddam Worth it?

This is one of these questions that doesn’t really have an answer.  At least we can’t answer this question until we find out what the final cost will be.  We have to get out of Iraq and Iraq will have to have some sort of stable government before we can completely answer this question.  Of course, $350 Billion to get Saddam Hussein seems to be a little too much for my pocketbook but to be fair we really have to wait until we see what Iraq will be.

Spain Airport Bombing

I’m not a terrorism expert but I do read. Although many may up on this bombing as an Al Qaeda bombing, I don’t think so. At least the early reports are not consistent with the Al Qaeda MO. This was a single bomb with warning. Al Qaeda likes multiple bombs with no specific warning. We’ll need more information. Still the world has to get a handle on this kind of random violence.

Update from CNN.com (1/2/06):

Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion Saturday at the country’s busiest airport on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.

The bomb at Barajas International Airport is “absolutely incompatible with the permanent cease-fire that ETA declared nine months ago,” Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said during a nationally televised news conference.

He ordered the government to halt any peace efforts, but he declined to say that the attack “breaks the cease-fire,” which was the way Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba described it to reporters a few hours earlier. (more…)