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"Ladies and Gentlemen, We Got Him"

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Got the motherfucker. The combined 4th Infantry Division/ Special Forces Operation Red Dawn, launched as a result of information from Ba'athists captured during Operation Iron Hammer, literally pulled Saddam Hussein out of his hole in Ad Dwar (10 miles south of Tikrit). "Laboratory [DNA] tests have proven his identity beyond any doubt," said an official. Here's the CENTCOM news release. Captured with a loaded pistol, but he never fired a single shot. What a pussy. As usual, "death before surrender" applies only to his Saddam fedayeen minions, not to him. If you want to understand the process that led to Saddam's capture, read our July 23, 2003 article "The Genius of Starting Small." Special Forces et. al. have of course played a significant role throughout, not just during the raid. This article explains their role developing intelligence within Iraq, and "Special Forces Growing Role" is a complete roundup of who they are and what they do. The bottom line? Saddam Hussein ain't comin' back. Iraqis can finally begin a process of closure over stories like these about his sons Uday & Qusay and other atrocities of his regime, from the mass graves and ecological genocides to the human rights abuses whose barbarity set them apart even in the semi-civilized Middle East. Good news, by any standards. I'm sure Instapundit and the good folks at The Command Post: Iraq will keep us all updated on breaking news... yup, great job from both blogs, as always. I wonder if the left side of the blogosphere will be able to muster any more happiness this time, as opposed to the gloom that greeted the fall of his regime? Because, you know, this will probably help George Bush. Or something. UPDATES: * Oh, man. You guys interrupted Saddam's blogging! * As Jeff Jarvis notes, the the Iraqi bloggers are happy, at least. Sic Semper Tyrannis. More links here, and Vodkapundit has a heart-wrenching story from an Iraqi journalist. * Bet we'll see some joyous rallies in Dearborn, Michigan too. Probably not half as big as the ones in Kuwait, though. * Lefties Da Goddess and of course Norm Geras have their heads screwed on right, but the usual suspects are running true to form. Jeff Jarvis fisks Atrios and Metafilter, and Prof. Cole as well. Dean Esmay points us to idiocy in the comments section at Howard Dean's blog, the Democratic Party nominee-in-waiting. Tim Blair offers other damning excerpts from that source, then serves up a rant from 'Traitor George' Galloway. * Not to mention the comments Banagor is hearing in San Francisco. * In fairness, Kos seems pretty measured. Hesiod still frets too much about the wrong things. * Still, Joe Lieberman is right. If it had been up to Howard Dean, Saddam would still be in power. * The Palestinians are gloomy too. Of course. Mass murder isn't an obstacle to heroism for them, it's a required qualification. Saddam was very qualified. * N.Z. Bear has a great question that absolutely deserves an answer. * Prime Minister Tony Blair is pleased. Interesting that he mentioned trial in Iraqi courts, rather than an international tribunal. I think that's the right decision. * Dean Esmay put President Bush's speech online, including a video link. * There have been a number of similar operations recently in Iraq. This Defenselink URL gives some details. * Best headline to date? Gotta be Eye on the Left's: "Ace in the Hole." * Oh Lord, Meryl is right - "Operation Red Dawn" really is derived from the over-the top 1980s movie. Just saw enlarged CENTCOM photos of the target objectives. Code name for the assault sites? "Wolverine 1 " and "Wolverine 2." Isn't association with that movie against the Geneva Convention or something?

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Tracked: December 14, 2003 1:23 PM
SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED!!!! from Blogs for Bush
Excerpt: CNN right now is reporting they JUST CAUGHT SADDAM HUSSEIN!!! YES!!! (Has not been 100% confirmed though). UPDATE: The first time I watch CNN in months, and this happens. Wow. It's not a 100% certainty, but they're getting "rumors" and...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 1:23 PM
SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED!!!! from Blogs for Bush
Excerpt: CNN right now is reporting they JUST CAUGHT SADDAM HUSSEIN!!! YES!!! (Has not been 100% confirmed though). UPDATE: The first time I watch CNN in months, and this happens. Wow. It's not a 100% certainty, but they're getting "rumors" and...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 2:14 PM
4:42 from Idiot Villager
Excerpt: It's 4:42 AM: They say Saddam Hussein is captured. 1 minute ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein has been captured alive in his hometown of Tikrit, a member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council said Sunday. Council member Dara Noor al-Din...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 2:15 PM
4:42 from Idiot Villager
Excerpt: It's 4:42 AM: They say Saddam Hussein is captured. 1 minute ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein has been captured alive in his hometown of Tikrit, a member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council said Sunday. Council member Dara Noor al-Din...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 2:16 PM
4:42 from Idiot Villager
Excerpt: It's 4:42 AM: They say Saddam Hussein is captured. 1 minute ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein has been captured alive in his hometown of Tikrit, a member of the U.S.-appointed Governing Council said Sunday. Council member Dara Noor al-Din...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 2:18 PM
Saddam Captured Alive from The Truth Laid Bear
Excerpt: Saddam Hussein has been captured in Iraq. I'm still waking up and not suitable for rational commentary yet, other than a simple "YES!" when I heard the news. So here's a quick roundup of the word around the blogosphere, by
Tracked: December 14, 2003 2:20 PM
Blogosphere on the capture from Idiot Villager
Excerpt: That last post was taking forever to update, so I've moved the blogosphere reaction links to this post. Instapundit, Wizbang, Atrios, Hit and Run, Israpundit, Jane Galt, Libertarian Samizdata, the_12th_man, Winds of Change, and Meryl Yourish. More to c...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 2:40 PM
BLOGOSPHERE REACTION from OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY
Excerpt: It's interesting to see what happens when news breaks in, for Americans at least, the middle of the night. I'm in the Eastern time zone...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 3:29 PM
SADDAM CAPTURED from porphyrogenitus.net
Excerpt: Wow. Stop paying attention to the news for a few hours, and this happens. More later, perhaps. Till then, others are far more on top of this than I am.
Tracked: December 14, 2003 3:35 PM
Score! from Dean's World
Excerpt: We got him. I could write 5,000 words to describe how great a thing this is, but, why bother? We got him. Yeah. Good...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 3:43 PM
Saddam Caught from miniluv
Excerpt: This is From Paul Bremer. Ladies and gentlemen, we got him. Saddam Hussein was captured Saturday 13 December at about 2030 local, in a cellar in the town of al-Dawr which is about 15 kilometres south of Tikrit. Before Dr...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 4:29 PM
Anti-war loon(s) examined from Dodgeblogium
Excerpt: Damian has the latest bleatings of traitor George. If you feel the need to express your distaste to George personally, Damian has kindly provided his House of Commons email address. Johann has linked to an interested article on how the...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 4:37 PM
End of the Road for Saddam from Backcountry Conservative
Excerpt: American Forces Press Service has the full story of the capture of Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit. Michele has more including links to Iraqi bloggers who are overjoyed at the news and links to commenters on Howard Dean's...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 4:39 PM
Saddam Hussein captured from Sgt. Stryker's Daily Briefing
Excerpt: Imagine my surprise when I awoke this morning and found a) snow on the ground and b) a Wall Street Journal news alert pointing to their report that Saddam Hussein was captured near Tikrit around 2030 local time on 13 December. CNN has a ton...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 4:50 PM
Scroll away from Cold Fury
Excerpt: Joe Katzman as usual has a number of good links on the story of the day....
Tracked: December 14, 2003 5:19 PM
Good morning from One Fine Jay
Excerpt: Some roundups on Saddam's capture, this morning: Michele, at the Command Post. Truth Laid Bear and Joe Katzman on general reactions from all over. Katzman on the left: I wonder if the left side of the blogosphere will be able to muster any more h...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 5:47 PM
Ace in the Hole from Eye On The Left
Excerpt: First the economy picks up and now we've captured Saddam. The bad news just keeps rolling in for the Left: Without firing a single shot, U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein as he hid in the bottom of a hole...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 5:50 PM
Great Day from Somewhere on A1A...
Excerpt: But... we must have patience. The Command Post is on top of the story, as is Winds of Change, both have anthologies of various coverage from all sides. As big a step as capturing Saddam is, we are still months...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 5:52 PM
Excerpt: U.S. forces have captured Saddam Hussein. This is exceptional news! And it figures that I had just commented on how...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 6:53 PM
Pardon My English from VodkaPundit
Excerpt: "Got the motherfucker." I can't improve on that....
Tracked: December 14, 2003 7:00 PM
What Saddam's Capture Means from The Goddess Speaks
Excerpt: Joe at WindsofChange.net says, "I wonder if the left side of the blogosphere will be able to muster any more happiness this time, as opposed to the gloom that greeted the fall of his regime? B...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 7:01 PM
What Saddam's Capture Means from The Goddess Speaks
Excerpt: Joe at WindsofChange.net says, "I wonder if the left side of the blogosphere will be able to muster any more happiness this time, as opposed to the gloom that greeted the fall of his regime? B...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 7:20 PM
Saddam Hussein Captured from Flame Turns Blue
Excerpt: If you've been near a television or radio this morning, you obviously heard that U.S. forces have captured Saddam Hussein near Tikrit in Iraq. Elements of the 4th Infantry Division were involved in the operation along with Special Forces. Wow!...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 7:34 PM
Excerpt: What great news to get up to this morning: Saddam has been captured! Iraqis are rejoicing. And the usual suspects...
Tracked: December 14, 2003 9:19 PM
Saddam's Capture from Hundredth Monkey
Excerpt: I don't have the time to draft a really original post right now, but feel obligated to get something out. You've all no doubt read a lot about Saddam's capture already. I recommend Winds of Change if you want more....
Tracked: December 15, 2003 1:51 AM
Saddam's Capture from Hundredth Monkey
Excerpt: I don't have the time to draft a really original post right now, but feel obligated to get something out. You've all no doubt read a lot about Saddam's capture already. I recommend Winds of Change if you want more....
Tracked: December 15, 2003 4:00 AM
Most wanted no more from Matthew J. Stinson | weblog
Excerpt: Part 1. Reactions to Saddam's capture President Bush's announcement of the news that Saddam was now in the Coalition's custody was brief and hit on all the right points: informing the public, thanking the troops, explaining that there's still hard...
Tracked: December 17, 2003 10:40 AM
History Lessons from SCATTERED
Excerpt: We're hardly a political lot here in Scatt-land, but when tiptoeing through our archives the big news events always bubble...
Tracked: December 17, 2003 10:42 AM
History Lessons from SCATTERED
Excerpt: We're hardly a political lot here in Scatt-land, but when tiptoeing through our archives the big news events always bubble...
Tracked: April 12, 2006 4:27 PM
Anniversary: The Day the Statue Fell from Good News from the Front
Excerpt: Three years ago, today. The end of that bronze masterpiece best described as "The Great Leader Hails a Cab." The end of creatures who bear the official title "violator of womens' honour" (i.e. official rapist). Of torturing small children...

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I was especially struck with the wisdom Blair projected in urging that the momentum of this good news be put to good use.
The handwriting should be growing clearer on the wall. This stunning event is creating a cohesive narrative in Iraq; Things are getting better. The whole dynamic is now of steller proportions.
The Tyrant's trial on the world stage will herald a new ardency for the Bush/Blair Doctrine.

Looks like he could use a Ba'ath.

Hah!

Actually, Wolf Blitzer is just noting that Saddam was obsessed with personal cleanliness. The thought of him spending months like this in holes that reportedly contained rats when he was found... just thinking about that gives me "a holiday in my heart," to use Christopher Hitchens' charming of phrase.

I hope the Iraqis find a suitably filthy prison cell to keep him in.

Pejman notes that they were checking Hussein for head lice, Joe. Helping you with the moment any? :)

The idea that he was hiding in a hole while trying to look like Wolverine from Marvel Comics is just perfect and so appropriate for a trapped rat. After we milk him for all of the intel he can give us, I say put him on trial in Halabja - the peshmerga there can teach him a thing or two.

Sic Semper Tyrannis - that's good!

Our local news radio station was interviewing some liberal guy (didn't catch the beginning). It was hilarious. This radio station normally tilts somewhat to the left, but I guess they had their finger to the breeze because they were just absolutely roasting this guy. Mr. Liberal was whining that it was an unjust war & BushLied ™. They said, "How do you feel about today's news, the capture of Saddam Hussein?" Mr. Lib whined, "They should have done this in the first two weeks of the war, BushLied ™ etc." He was completely and totally unwilling to admit that this is a Good Thing.

The news guys tried several different ways of prying some happy thought out of him, and they finally gave up - not too subtly, either. "Well, obviously Mr. Lib is not going to be happy regardless of what happens. Let's join the live interview of a soldier who was involved in the capture."

Words (especially my words) are inadequate at the moment. Suffice it to say that when I heard the news early this morning from my kids, I thought it was important enough to go wake my husband from his sacred Sunday Morning Sleep In. And he agreed.

You know the funny thing is that with the beard and all he looks Jewish.

Teri,

I woke my first mate and she was of the same opinion as your SO.

Simon... the quasi look-alikes going through my mind were actually (a) Charles Manson; and (b) Down and Out in Beverley Hills. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Well, I think the best headline so far is Blackfive's "Wolverines" :) Goes so well with Red Dawn, don't you think? Besides, if some of what I was told as backstory on the movie is true, it is very appropriate on several levels.

As far as the look-alike thing goes, someone at metafilter put up an etching of Karl Marx which was strikingly similar. Jerry Garcia was also mentioned. Compliments may have been intended.

As I like to tell my black neighbors when they mistake me for some other white guy, "All those people look alike."

OK, I let the Jewish thing slide - but don't go comparing Saddam Hussein to my man Jerry Garcia, or there's gonna be trouble!

Someone had a real sense of humor, naming the operation "Red Dawn." God, that was one of the most awful films of the eighties.

Saddam looks like the Unabomber in those pictures, if you ask me.

I am betting at this point that Saddam will never make an appearance before the International Court at The Hague. The Court as several strikes against it.

First, there are the French, Russian, German and Belgian judges at The Hague cannot be trusted to fairly administer justice against Saddam.

Second, there is the fact that The Hague doesn't have the death penalty.

The third reason is that because of #2, it cannot be trusted to return Saddam to American or Iraqi custody if he is under sentence of death, because returning him to face it "would be an international crime."

The irony here is that because The Hague adopted E.U. cultural values. It is condemned to international irrelevance and impotence just like the E.U.

Lemmy said it best some 25-odd years ago. That song has been stuck in my head since I was awaken by phone this morning with the news.

Oh, my G-d, Meryl, it's worse than we thought.

I just saw a blow-up of the aerial photos for the target area. The code-names of the 2 sites they hit? "Wolverine 1" and "Wolverine 2".

It WAS named after the movie.

And a fine movie at that....lol
/sar-off
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>It WAS named after the movie.

Ya got something against that, Katzman?

Four words for you, Trent, to remind you of one of the worst-acted scenes in the film, that literally brought my friends and me to the floor with laughter, and, uh, it wasn't supposed to:

"Avenge me, my sons!"

Gawd. That scene in the P.O.W. camp was sooooo bad. The only good thing about the movie was learning about the different kinds of weapons from my history major/war buff friend as we watched it (on video, thankfully).

Patrick Swayze was in that film. I remember that much.

Trent, there is no court consituted with jurisdiction over Iraq other than the war crimes tribunal under the aegis of the CPA.

In the Hague we have the World Court, which handles nation-to-nation disputes; the ICTY, which covers Yugoslavia; the ICTR, which covers Rwanda; and the ICC, which covers a) only crimes committed since its inception on July 1, 2002, b) only crimes in the territory or involving citizens of signatory nations (and neither the US nor Iraq was a signatory). The ICC has no jurisdiction, unless a future Iraqi government joins the treaty and requests it (and even then I doubt it could extend jurisdiction retroactively), AND all other procedural obstacles are overcome, including that a local prosecution would be logistically impossible.

At this point the CPA tribunal has no death penalty; that would have to be authorized by a future legitimate constitutional government.

So, yes, I'd take your bet, because you're making a silly (and somewhat misinformed) bet.

I side with Trent on this.

Obviously, the Bush policy is to ignore international (no capital I warrented) law.

I believe Saddam will be held until such a time as the courts can be transfered to Iraqi power.

Didn't they recently set up a tribunal to try Saddam in absentia?

What does THAT tribunal say of death sentences?

And, to add levity on this bright day?

I've been practicing my ululations today, and my husband and son are quite impressed ;)

ULULULULULULULULULUULULULUULLLULULULUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lunacy

"I hope the Iraqis find a suitably filthy prison cell to keep him in."

No, no! We should cherish Saddm like a little child, he should be clean and coddled and fed tasty nutritious meals, and at Christmas time he should get a stocking with sweets and a teddy bear, just like that girl's teddy bear in the mass grave.

Nothing is too good for our Saddam, because he's being such a good boy. When I believed that the reports of his capture were true, I was overjoyed. When I was sure that he had indeed given up like an utter wimp, when he had had ample opportunity to kill himself, I was much happier. But best of all was when he dismissed the victims in the mass graves as "thieves," that was the best of all. Because a man with that attitude will want to argue his case in court. Please, oh please, dear Saddam, argue your case in in an Iraqi court. Let the case be heard for a whole year at least!

In detail that would make stone angels weep.

Oh joy, oh joy, oh joy!!

Is there really such a thing as truth serum?

JFarr... sort of. It's called Sodium Pentothal, and while it doesn't force the truth out of people, it relaxes them and causes them to become disoriented and lose their inhibitions when administered in small doses. It may be effective in conjunction with other techniques like sleep deprivation etc., but it isn't a magic bullet or a guarantee of cooperation OR truth.

Does that help?

Dan,

Here are three key word for you to consider: "On-going criminal conspiracy."

Being a non-lawyer my understanding is not professionally reliable, but as I understand it, actions in an "on-going criminal enterprise" that happen after a date certain for legal jurisdiction will extend the reach of prosecution back to the founding of the criminal conspiracy and apply every action and to every member of the conspiracy.

This is how American prosecutors get around statute of limitation issues in Mob trials and this expansive American approach to criminal conspiracy was established in international law at the Nuremburg (sp) tribunal after WW2.

That is why I said what I did about the ICC at the Hague.

If we could read without being subjected to foul language, it would be nicer, and make this site a little more respectable.

I don't use that language very often (though the automated "Snoop Dog Shizzolator" does, to amusing results). But I don't regret for a moment what I called Saddam Hussein. On rare occasions, such language is fully justified. This was one of them.

>Gawd. That scene in the P.O.W. camp was sooooo
>bad. The only good thing about the movie was
>learning about the different kinds of weapons
>from my history major/war buff friend as we \
>watched it (on video, thankfully).

Meryl,

Exactly how many war movies have you seen?

People here could come up with a whole list of war movies with worse, cornier or down right horrid scenes.

What Hollywood did with "Enemies at the Gates," made RED DAWN look like Oscar material. They took the story of the greatest sniper duel in WW2 and turned it into a love story.

And don't even get me started on "Pearl Harbor"... but Red Dawn was also a bad movie, simple as that.

"Enemy at the Gates" was just so craptastic. Even Ed Harris couldn't save that one.

The opening of "Red Dawn" was very cool, but it did lose momentum.

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