Talking Points

Blaming America for Saddam's Execution

As soon as I heard Saddam Hussein was going to be executed, I knew the Bush haters would swing into action. And as usual, they did not let me down.

NBC News led the way. Elements over there calling the execution a PR disaster for the USA. Did you think Saddam's hanging was a PR disaster? I didn't. The mass murderer got what he deserved.

We also heard an NBC commentator say President Bush is allowing Americans to be killed in Iraq for money and other insane stuff. Unbelievable.

The Bush-hating Baltimore Sun says more Iraqis are dying now than under Saddam and it's America's fault. By my count, Saddam was responsible for about 750,000 deaths during his reign of terror. So The Baltimore Sun is nuts.

And our pal, far-left columnist Robert Scheer, consistently anti- American voice, writes in The San Francisco Chronicle, "The frantic killing of Hussein abetted by the United States was the third act in a morality play of misplaced vengeance for the September 11th terrorist attacks — where the first act was the invasion of Iraq, based upon trumped up lies linking it to Al Qaeda, and the second was the killing of the tyrant's sons, whose bloody corpses were hypocritically displayed to the world like war scalps."

So in Scheer's world, the USA lied to start a war, exploited the deaths of mass murderers Uday and Qusay Hussein and was wrong to allow the Iraqis to execute Saddam. That is Robert Scheer's world. Welcome to it.

The truth is the Bush administration didn't want the Iraqis to kill Saddam so quickly, but allowed the government to make its own decision based upon its own legal system. The truth is the world is a better place now Saddam is gone. The truth is America tried to do a noble thing in removing Saddam and giving the Iraqis a chance at freedom.

But it is also true that the strategy in Iraq was flawed and the war has not gone well. So you can argue competence all day long, but that is valid. But ascribing evil motives to the president is irresponsible and no legitimate news organization should be party to it, NBC News included.

It is long past time to drop the Bush hating and work to secure the best results in Iraq for America and the world.

The New York Sun reporting today there is now rock solid proof that Iran is behind much of the violence in Iraq. Looking forward to seeing Robert Scheer, The Baltimore Sun and NBC take on Iran.

As for Saddam, anyone who puts his well being ahead of America's is misguided and a fool. No doubt.

And that's the Memo.

Most Ridiculous Item

I thought you might want to hear how our pal George Clooney celebrated Christmas.


JAY LENO, HOST, NBC'S "THE TONIGHT SHOW": So what do you for the holiday? What did you do for Christmas?

GEORGE CLOONEY, ACTOR: I didn't do — yes, I didn't do anything. I went down south. I went to Cabo.

LENO: Cabo?

CLOONEY: With a couple of my friends because we just said, you know, I'm sick of Christmas.

LENO: Well, sick of Christmas? But little Timmy, that's wrong.

CLOONEY: Zuzu's petals. But we just were like, no, let's go down and nobody put a Christmas song on. And we didn't celebrate at all.

LENO: Really?

CLOONEY: It was nice. Sounds sad, doesn't it?

LENO: Well, it does sound sad.

CLOONEY: Not at all.

LENO: Not at all?

CLOONEY: Good fun. I recommend it.


Ridiculous? You can make the call. And you can read more about Clooney in "Culture Warrior." The pithy part begins on page 151.