Unsurprising news, via Steve Benen:
Nightmarish political realities in Baghdad are prompting American officials to curb their vision for democracy in Iraq. Instead, the officials now say they are willing to settle for a government that functions and can bring security.
Hell, Saddam brought security. He also counterbalanced Iran, kept a lid on jihadist crazies and tortured far fewer Iraqis to death on a per-month basis than the bloodthirsty gangs who will end up running the country. Iraq had electricity, sanitation, a vastly lower crime rate and a functioning medical system. Ethnic cleansing before/after Saddam seems to be a wash, only these days it is done with fewer beaurocrats and more cordless drills. Hey, at least we kept our credibility! Now when any middle easterner hears about America the first thing that comes to mind is abu Ghraib.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked Saddam about as much as a root canal from Laurence Olivier. Avoiding one of those would unquestionably count as a good thing as long as the alternative was not cutting off my own leg with a spork.