Friday, December 09, 2005

The bungling of Saddam's trial

Charles Krauthammer: Saddam belongs in a glass booth

Of all the mistakes that the Bush administration has committed in Iraq, none is as gratuitous and self-inflicted as the bungling of the trial of Saddam Hussein.
``This has become a platform for Saddam to show himself as a caged lion when really he was a mouse in a hole,'' said Vice President Ghazi Yawar. ``I don't know who is the genius who is producing this farce. It's a political process. It's a comedy show.''

There hasn't been such judicial incompetence since Judge Ito and the O.J. trial. We can excuse the Iraqis, who are new to all this and justifiably terrified of retribution. But there is no excusing the Bush administration that had Saddam in custody for two years, and had even longer to think about putting on a trial that would not become a star turn for a defeated enemy.

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