We know he can’t be worse than Kofi. Could he be much better?
I’m cautiously optimistic.
The guard who took the cellphone video of Saddam’s execution was arrested this morning. The Iraqi government is shocked, shocked by his behavior, including NSA Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, who called the ceremony “unprofessional” and “disgusting.” Funny thing — al-Rubaie witnessed the hanging, and when he called in to Fox and CNN afterwards to talk about it, he emphasized how proud he was of the professionalism with which everything was handled. I’ll check my DVR to see if I still have the vid. Meanwhile, Gen. Caldwell told the Baghdad press corps this morning that the U.S. military would have handled things “differently.”
Saddam’s brother swings tomorrow.
Update: The AP quotes a source as saying “an official who supervised the execution” was arrested. Does that mean a guard or does it mean someone higher up? The plot thickens:
On Wednesday, an Iraqi prosecutor who was also present at the execution denied a report that he had accused National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie of possible responsibility for the leaked video.
“I am not accusing Mowaffak al-Rubaie, and I did not see him taking pictures,” Munqith al-Faroon, a prosecutor in the case that sent Saddam to the gallows, told The Associated Press.
“But I saw two of the government officials who were … present during the execution taking all the video of the execution, using the lights that were there for the official taping of the execution. They used mobile phone cameras. I do not know their names, but I would remember their faces,” al-Faroon said in a telephone interview.