Saturday, April 30, 2005

Reminiscing with an old friend

This is (both here) just crazy enough to be true:

"There are claims that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during his last visit to Iraq met with ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

According to a news article based on Iraqi Baath sources in Jordan published in the London based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, Rumsfeld met with Saddam in his cell in Bagdat (Baghdad) and the US Secretary of Defense asked Saddam to end the insurgence. The paper claims that Rumsfeld asked him on a television broadcast to make a call for insurgents to end the resistence against US and multi-national forces as well as the Iraqi security forces."

If true, this betrays a certain desperation. Contrary to Pentagon and Bush Administration assurances, things are starting to spiral out of control in Iraq. The insurgency is setting off big bombs in strategic locations on a daily basis, and its abilities at creating mayhem are increasing week by week. The Pentagon either can't, or won't, do anything to stop it. If things keep progressing at this rate, not even the disgusting American press will be able to continue to hide the extent of Iraqi lawlessness. At some point, people are going to question whether the great American army is as powerful as it claims to be.

A Rumsfeld meeting with Saddam is not at all implausible. After all, they are old friends.