Viewpoint: Saddam: a Carl Rove production?

The “capture” of Saddam Hussein is beginning to take on the same character as President George W. Bush’s landing on the aircraft carrier “far out at sea.” In reality, San Diego was just a short hop out of camera view.

Many observers see the hand of Karl Rove in this event. The timing and the circumstances are suspect.

As one unimpressed citizen wrote: “I be in Jamaica, Mon, and Me no see noBODY as high as Rasta Saddam when he come out da hole Mon.

“Dey have the good stuff in Tikrit, Mon. He was so drugged he coulda been hiding in Andy Warhol’s apartment. They dressed him up to look like Jerry Garcia ca. 1967.”

What would you have thought back in 1963 if the Dallas police had passed out press kits to the assembled media just two or three hours before Jack Ruby shot Oswald?

Guess what, boys and girls, there was one for Saddam. Nice 8 by 10 glossy prints, single page biographies and other material, including comments all ready to print or broadcast, attributed to “senior White House officials.” quoted a woman named Cheryl Seal: “Yep, the White House supplied the media with everything they wanted them to know and say. No need at all for the lazy corporate editor or journalist to ask any questions. Just open wide and let ‘em spoon it in!”

Someone said: “Iraq, at the very least, is a nation of a thousand Jack Rubys.” How do we find out what the Vegas oddsmakers calculate is Saddam’s remaining lifespan?, a Web site believed linked to the Israeli Mossad, muses on intelligence issues from a pro-Israel standpoint.

After duly noting the sorry appearance of Saddam when they pulled him out of that hole, Debkafile said: “Saddam Hussein was not in hiding; he was a prisoner. After his last audiotaped message was delivered and aired on Sunday, Nov. 16, on the occasion of Ramadan, Saddam was seized, possibly with the connivance of his own men, and held in that hole in Adwar for three weeks or more, which would have accounted for his appearance and condition.”

Debka said the real captors then bargained for the $25 million reward the U.S. offered for Saddam, dead or alive. Debka claims the negotiations were handled by Jalal Talabani’s Kurdish PUK militia.”

Sure, it’s just theory, but isn’t it interesting that the capture comes right on the heels of James Baker’s appointment for Iraq “debt restructuring,” just when Bush really needs Europe’s support. And there’s that irritating Halliburton scandal, of course. And who better to handle Iraqi finances than the Carlyle Group, which employs Baker.

Mr. Rove claims DNA testing proved we have the real Saddam. Did it in seven hours, he says. In the real world it takes three to five days to complete DNA tests, and they are complicated. Where did they get the sample of Saddam’s DNA for comparison; maybe some old toenail clippings from the palace? More on this can be found at:

Last September, Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper reported Saddam spent nine days in secret talks with U.S. forces in Iraq. The paper said Saddam demanded safe passage to Belarus in the former Soviet Union.

In return, he reportedly promised to furnish information on weapons of mass destruction and to reveal the location of bank accounts supposedly containing tens of millions of dollars in stolen cash. What ever happened to that?

Congressman Jim McDermott, more than a week ago, said President Bush could have nabbed Saddam long ago, but only acted when the news would have maximum political benefit for him.

McDermott isn’t the only one thinking that way. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wondered out loud to reporters if Bush already has Osama bin Laden and is just waiting to break the news right before the 2004 election.

Albright characterized that kind of move as another “October surprise.” That name was given to a scheme orchestrated by George Bush Sr. during the Reagan years, whereby the hostages in Iran would not be released until Reagan was elected and Jimmy Carter defeated.

The American people continue to be extremely gullible. They will believe almost anything the propaganda machine tells them.

Some, however, are able to detect the fine aroma of slimy politics. It would not be surprising at all if the Bush bunch produced bin Laden like a rabbit from a hat next fall.

As for the election, one observant citizen commented: “What election? Come on. We don’t have elections anymore.”

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