Saddam to hang today? Report: Final preparations

posted at 10:51 am on December 29, 2006 by Allahpundit

Maliki wants it done by Sunday, but like Ed says, we wouldn’t transfer him to the Iraqis unless the execution was imminent. The risk of someone on their side tipping the jihadis to his whereabouts or even trying to bust him out themselves is too great. Baghdad is eight hours ahead of us; don’t be surprised if there’s big breaking news this afternoon a little after 4 p.m. eastern time.

ABC and CBS say they won’t air the execution video if it’s released. CNN and Fox are mulling. Who cares? It’ll be all over the Internet, including right here, within hours.

In the meantime, proceed directly to INDC Journal, where Bill Ardolino is on the ground in Kuwait killing time while he prepares to cross over into Iraq. He’s just returned with photos from the national “Not to Forget Museum” — as Bill describes it, “a timely place to be, given Hussein’s rapidly approaching rope-dance for crimes against humanity; if some in the West blithely shrug their shoulders at the atrocities and wars of conquest endeavored by the Iraqi Baath regime, the government of Kuwait and many of its citizens do not.” All kinds of photos at the link, some of them moving (scenes of Iraqi brutality recreated with toy soldiers), others zesty with schadenfreude (a display case featuring Uday Hussein’s pimp robe). This one was my favorite. Crotch-high, you’ll note.

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Update: “As early as Saturday morning in Iraq.”

Update: Bill Buckley’s going to enjoy it. Guiltily, but nonetheless:

What is going to happen is an outcry against capital punishment, and we are obliged to listen to what will be said and to weigh the arguments, even if we have wrestled with the dilemma before. But we are entitled, also, to satisfaction from what is about to happen…

It was rumored, in 1946, that the hangman in Nuremberg adjusted the nooses of some of the condemned to magnify the pain of suffocation. Such sadism was not called for then and is not called for now. But if fornication is wrong, there is no denying that it can bring pleasure. The death of Saddam Hussein at rope’s end brings a pleasure that is undeniable, and absolutely chaste in its provenance.

He’s wrong. There won’t be much complaining about the death penalty; Saddam’s too much of a monster to be cast as a victim. The complaints will be the same as they always are on those rare occasions when there’s good news from Iraq: it won’t change anything, it might make things worse, it doesn’t matter in the bigger picture, and we right-wingers are only interested in it because it’s a “distraction” from everything else that’s happening. The Eric Boehlert response, in other words.

Update: He’s been transferred. Fox just broke in to say that, according to an Iraqi judge, it’ll happen tomorrow at the latest to make sure it’s done before Eid.

Update: Fox is saying now that, according to one official, the U.S. still has him. Maybe it’s disinfo to throw the jihadis off.

Update: It’s 2:48 and Fox just broke in to say, according to an unnamed Iraqi MP, the execution’s “imminent” and that he’s been handed over to them. Meanwhile, ABC News is hearing that it’ll happen over the weekend and that Saddam will remain in U.S. custody until it does. It’s got to be disinformation. I hope so, anyway — otherwise it means the military had to renege on their plan to transfer him, which can’t be good no matter what the explanation.

Update: A “top Iraqi official” tells the AP that Saddam will be executed by 6 a.m. Baghdad time. That’s 10 p.m. here on the east coast.

Update: The AP says it’s happening between 9:30 and 10, but Fox says the official witnesses have already gathered and CNN quotes two Arabic TV stations as saying it could come within the next hour. It’s a little after 7 p.m. as I write this.

Update: 9:40 ET. Fox says the final preparations are under way.

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Blacksheep, don’t you understand that a legal action isn’t about establishing the facts and interpreting the law? Oh, no, it’s a form of Group Therapy.

It doesn’t matter whether the Duke LAX players actually committed a crime. What matters is whether Nifong nurtures hope for a better future for the Angry Black Folks in Durham.

It doesn’t matter whether the illegal aliens rounded up at Swift broke the laws by coming here and stealing the identities of innocent victims. It only matters if we can nurture hope for a better future for the Angry Brown Folks in Aztlan, especially around the holidays. Isn’t that right, Meeeeeeeeeeechelle?

In Palestine, Angry Swarthy Folks. In Fwance, Angry Youths of Indeterminate Extraction. In the UK, Angry Asians (but not of the Rosie Ching Chong variety). Here we can have Angry Womyn, or Gays Who Want to Marry. And everywhere, Angry Moslems. Seething even.

The Monster on December 29, 2006 at 6:08 PM

“Is there anything finer than Page Hopkins in a tight black sweater telling you that Saddam Hussein is about to die with that delightfully wry smile of hers?”

I’m with ya, Pablo.

Still, I’d have preferred him being fed into a shredder feet first.

Out with the old, in with the new. Happy New Year.

doingwhatican on December 29, 2006 at 6:09 PM

Look at the bright side, Saddam. You can eat anything you want without worrying about acid reflux. (Just thought I’d cheer him up a little.)

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 5:57 PM

So have this plate of beer brats I broght for you.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 6:11 PM

Brought, even. Durn typos.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 6:11 PM

No need to set your alarm clock. You won’t be late.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 6:11 PM

You can leave your necktie hanging in the closet.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 6:18 PM

Nobody will care if you don’t hang up the phone.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 6:23 PM

If Saddam does hang tonight, it’s best we reserve the time for praying for–or, at least, contemplating on–the lives of the thousands of innocents he murdered.

ahem on December 29, 2006 at 6:25 PM

Drudge is reporting Iraqi State TV is saying Saddam “(m)ounts the gallows between 9:30-10 pm ET”.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 6:30 PM

You don’t need to leave anything out to thaw for dinner.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 6:31 PM

Sorry to those who disagree, but personally I’m going to gloat like a m*therf*cker when that bastard dies. How could you not enjoy seeing justice finally carried out on behalf of the millions that Saddam harmed? Plus I’m always happy to see bad things happen to bad people. Hang ‘em high!

ReubenJCogburn on December 29, 2006 at 6:33 PM

Europe opposes Saddam’s death. Therefore, the execution must be the right decision.

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 7:08 PM

No Blazing Saddles references yet? You know, where Heddey Hedley LaMar looks out his office window and sees the hangman with some guy who is still sitting atop his horse? (Mental image here… substitute camel)

Remember when he had to hug Slim Pickins’ character and say comforting things after the horse was hung? Perhaps the guys over at the NYT might send some flowers over to their buddies at Al Jazzera?

Dave Shay on December 29, 2006 at 7:11 PM

You can leave the empty Cheetos bags for someone else to clean up. They’re not your problem anymore.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 7:16 PM

Fox News still wondering whether to air any potential Saddam hanging tape. I wonder if they’ll show any more (gum)balls than they did(n’t) a few weeks ago when they beeped Michelle.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 7:16 PM

It’s too bad we can’t have Dick Clark in Time Square, counting down with the ball.

Ahhh, we can dream.

Gregor on December 29, 2006 at 7:17 PM

Hang the bastard, hang him high.
Hoist his body to the sky.
It’s as nice as a day can be.
Won’t you come to the hanging with me?

Hang the bastard, hang him high.
Hoist his body to the sky.
It’s as nice as a day can be.
Won’t you come to the hanging with me?

Hang the bastard, hang him well.
Send his sorry soul to hell.
When his neckbone snaps we’ll know.
When the cannibal won’t be killing anymore.

His face will turn red,
Then purple, then blue.
We’ll watch from up here
To get a good view.
And when his eyes bug out we’ll know,
It’s the end of him
And the end of the show!

So hang the bastard, hang him with cheer.
We’ll make some hot dogs
And drink a few beers.
And when his tongue rolls out we’ll know,
It’s the end of the show
And we all can go home!

But not till we hang the bastard, hang him here.
The most exciting thing this town has seen in years.
When his body stops jerking we’ll know,
It’s the end of him, it’s the end of him,
It’s the end of him,
And the end of the show.

[Cowbell solo]

So hang the bastard, hang him high.
Kiss his guilty butt goodbye.
It’s as nice as a day can be.
Won’t you come to the hanging with me?

His veins will pop out all over his head.
We’ll tickle his armpits to make sure he’s dead.
And when his tongue rolls out we’ll know,
It’s the end of him and we all can go home!

But not till we
Hang the bastard, hang him high.

Hoist his body to the sky.
When his body stops jerking we’ll know,
It’s the end of him, it’s the end of him,
It’s the end of him!
Let’s get on with the show!

Hooray!

Ugly on December 29, 2006 at 7:19 PM

Fox News – 9:30 – 10 Eastern. C’mon, hurry up, I gotta go to bed soon, early day tomorrow!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 7:31 PM

I doubt the cable outlets will show it. At most they’ll show a still frame or two or a heavily edited version.

Thankfully though, we have the internet, where people still have Malkins.

Personally, i’m looking forward to his hanging.

Scot on December 29, 2006 at 7:33 PM

Thankfully though, we have the internet, where people still have Malkins.

At least as long as they don’t try to use YouTube to display them.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 7:36 PM

Dammit, if I go to bed now, I’ll never get to sleep (like a kid on Christmas Eve) but if I stay up late to watch him die, I won’t get enough hours … but I’ll sleep sooooo good!

Decisions decisions!

Ah, what the heck, it’s worth it, this is history in the making!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 7:37 PM

Justice will finally be served

robo on December 29, 2006 at 7:42 PM

Entelechy’s got a good point there if the Euroweenies are against it, then it must be the right thing to do!

And where the heck is Puritan on this?

Goodbye Saddam, welllll it’s time to die (da dada da daaaa) Goodbye Saddam, well it’s time to die (da dada da daaa) We’d hate to leave you but I really must saaaay, goodbye Sa-ddam, goodbye.

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 7:47 PM

Yeah, where is Puritan? Have’nt seen him in a while and this is right up his alley.

Scot on December 29, 2006 at 8:12 PM

You can tell your own lawyers what you really think of lawyers.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 8:15 PM

That last-ditch legal roadblock the Saddamites tried to throw in the path of his execution, getting a US court to deny his transfer to the Iraqis, failed spectacularily.

SWING!

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 8:26 PM

You won’t have to sit through another interview with Dan Rather.

Dave Shay on December 29, 2006 at 8:26 PM

Steveegg,

The link you provided is about a different official, not Saddam. Not sure if the presiding judge is the same in this case, so who knows.

Dave Shay on December 29, 2006 at 8:28 PM

Mea culpa. I did, however, see a Fox News Alert to that effect just before 7 pm Central.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 8:29 PM

I hope this taking out of the trash brings some measure of closure to the families of his victims.

Reality Check on December 29, 2006 at 8:31 PM

Wait! Shouldn’t Dan Blather interview his good friend before the hanging?

Drtuddle on December 29, 2006 at 8:31 PM

steveegg,

…the Justice Department argued that foreigners being tried in foreign courts are not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Wow! I’m impressed. I didn’t think we had any judges that smart.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 8:32 PM

It is now the swinging hour in Baghdad.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 9:03 PM

Seventy-two really HOT virgins – hang in there, Saddam!

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 9:12 PM

U.S. judge denied stay request.

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:13 PM

Took a while for the press to catch up to Fox News’ 7 pm (Central) announcement that Saddam isn’t getting any love from American courts, but here it is

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 9:13 PM

On H&C just now: Saddam’s lawyers appealed to a U.S. Court to stop his execution!?!?!?! (It was denied of course)

Desperation indeed, asking The Great Satan for salvation.

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 9:15 PM

Since there doesn’t seem to be any libs here tonight (too busy holding a candlelight vigil for Saddam, no doubt) I’ll play the lefty troll role:

“Bush killed more people than Saddam, HE’S the one who should be hanged!”

45 mins left! Wooo hoooooooo!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 9:16 PM

I’m going to light a candle for Saddam and at 10PM I will place it near my behind and let loose in his honor.

tomas on December 29, 2006 at 9:19 PM

Tomas, hope you had plenty of beans, and then do it outside; wouldn’t want you to burn down the house.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 9:20 PM

Tony737,

Needs more venom. Try throwing in a reference to “King George” or “Bushitler” instead of just calling him “Bush”. Double bonus points if you make a “winning over hearts and minds” comment.

Dave Shay on December 29, 2006 at 9:25 PM

Allen Colmes is apoplectic and can’t believe this execution can’t be stopped or at least postponed: “didn’t we help create this monster during the Iran/Iraq war?”, and “won’t this create more insurgency?”, and “bla, bla, bla”.

He also is either naive or wishes Saddam to be kept alive until the other trials are over. Does he not know or does he believe we are fools who don’t know that Saddam would not be able to be executed after he reaches the age of 70?

Btw – no one, except AP, mentioned this – no talking heads are addressing this issue so far.

Al Arabiya TV reporting the witnesses in place…one more prayer for him, before sun rise…and ciao baby. Ceausescu will be there to greet him…

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:29 PM

30 more minutes! UUGGHHH!!! I feel like Eric Cartman waiting for the Wii to go on sale! C’mon! Hurry up!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 9:32 PM

I’ll take the latter, Entelechy. Other than McVeigh, I don’t think Colmes heard of anybody deserving of the death penalty.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 9:36 PM

Fox News – the final preparations are underway.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 9:36 PM

Alan Colmes is such a liberal tool.

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 9:39 PM

Allen Colmes is apoplectic and can’t believe this execution can’t be stopped or at least postponed…

Colmes is so far to the left that he’s closer to the Jihadis than he is to this country. I admire Sean Hannity for not having punched him out by now.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 9:43 PM

15 more minutes.

Entel, yup, Cauecescu, Tojo, Mussolini, the Axis of NeckStretch.

Some chick on H&C just mention that Romanian piece of crap.

Ahmajihadist, Ronrey Rittle Kim, Chavez and that Syrian eye doctor, I hope you punks are payin’ attention.

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 9:47 PM

The mother of all executions featuring shock and yaw.
One down two to go. Good riddance.

Buck Turgidson on December 29, 2006 at 9:49 PM

Colmes “will this not create a perception problem for the U.S. about this not having been a fair trial” – not exact quote, perhaps…but same context…

I don’t get the Left often – today La Scala cancelled the Candide parodic play due to poor taste. It was going to display Messrs Putin, Blair, Bush 43, Berlusconi and Chirac in underwear…and was to be a satire on the diminished idealism of the U.S.

If we’re so diminished why does it matter what the perception on this execution is?

This chick on H&C “…it was a tainted trial because defense lawyers were killed…the trial was not very well run…she can hardly breathe…oh, what standards we aim at, the kind which exist nowhere. But, eh, we’re diminished world-wide…unconfuse me, please!

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:49 PM

Double sirens on drudge LOL

Never seen that before.

lorien1973 on December 29, 2006 at 9:50 PM

This chick on H&C “…it was a tainted trial because defense lawyers were killed…the trial was not very well run…she can hardly breathe…oh, what standards we aim at, the kind which exist nowhere. But, eh, we’re diminished world-wide…unconfuse me, please!

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:49 PM

She needs a good lay.

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 9:52 PM

She needs a good lay.

she is pretty cute. I’ll volunteer :P

lorien1973 on December 29, 2006 at 9:53 PM

How telling that H&C just flashed a picture with Saddam shaking hands with Kofi Annan.

Reached execution site.

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:58 PM

Fox/CNN – Elvis Hussein has entered the building

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 9:59 PM

One minute.

mesablue on December 29, 2006 at 9:59 PM

Within one minute, per Al Arabiya TV

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:59 PM

Saddam is at the execution site!

Drumroll please…

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 10:00 PM

I usually don’t watch Greta, but this is perfect for her…

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 10:01 PM

Damn! I would rather have it as a halftime show during the Super Bowl

Opinionnation on December 29, 2006 at 10:03 PM

per Al Arabiya TV

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 9:59 PM

More reliable than the A(wt)P no doubt.

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 10:05 PM

Heh, it’s a Middle Eastern minute – it’s not polite to be on time over there, seriously.

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 10:07 PM

(pulls up a chair next to Entelechy)

Want some popcorn?

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 10:08 PM

Al-Hurrah’s reporting that the execution took place a few minutes ago.

Bryan on December 29, 2006 at 10:08 PM

Dead

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 10:08 PM

He’s gone… :)

CliffHanger on December 29, 2006 at 10:08 PM

Sproing!!!

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 10:09 PM

Ding dong the ______ is dead!

infidel on December 29, 2006 at 10:09 PM

Ding Dong! The Dick is Dead!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 10:10 PM

Saddam has left the living.

steveegg on December 29, 2006 at 10:11 PM

How does a feller get in touch with the po-leece? Hmmm mmmm.

Dave Shay on December 29, 2006 at 10:11 PM

Tony, i’ll share popcorn or dinner with you and family, at any time. Just let me know when you, Mrs. 737 and little Tiara are in San Diego. Ask AP for the e-mail. You’re a good guy, a hard-working American who adores his family and has healthy views. What better friend can one ask for?

Entelechy on December 29, 2006 at 10:11 PM

This is gonna be the best South Park episode ever.

infidel4life on December 29, 2006 at 10:11 PM

You don’t have to fool with all that inhaling and exhaling.

RedWinged Blackbird on December 29, 2006 at 10:12 PM

Dammit! Infidel beat me to it! Hahaha!

CHEERS! Goodnight everyone!

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 10:12 PM

Hey, thanks for the invite Entel, maybe Shana and I will pick up a SAN overnight and get PAID to fly out there! :-) GOD, I love this job!

We gotta set up a HotAir convention to celebrate Saddam’s demise.

Hold your glasses high everybody! Here’s to YOU Saddam! May God have mercy on your soul, even though you never gave mercy to any of YOUR victims.

Tony737 on December 29, 2006 at 10:24 PM

9:50 PM EST, ABC is reporting it’s a done deal. He swung.

American_Jihadist on December 29, 2006 at 10:26 PM

Err…Make that 10:25 PM EST.

American_Jihadist on December 29, 2006 at 10:27 PM

The real “rope-a-dope”.
Adios m******f**ker

right2bright on December 29, 2006 at 10:27 PM

nah nah nah nah, hey heeeey, goodbye!

JetBoy on December 29, 2006 at 10:39 PM

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