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While in Baghdad, on Thursday, we see a glimpse of the kind of force that chased down Uday and Qusay:

"On Thursday, the U.S. army captured, in Tikrit, of a group of men believed to include as many as 10 Saddam bodyguards. Soldiers learned from them that Saddam's new security chief -- and possibly the dictator himself -- were staying at one of the farms, Russell said.

Hundreds of soldiers, backed by Bradley fighting vehicles, surrounded the farms as Apache attack helicopters hovered above. No shots were fired as about 25 men emerged from the houses peacefully. They were detained briefly and released later Sunday.

However, not all in Baghdad are pleased with the actions of the U.S. Army. On Sunday, U.S. forces raided the home of Prince Rabiah Muhammed al-Habib in an upscale west Baghdad neighborhood and killed an undetermined number of people, witnesses said. One hospital reported at least five Iraqis killed.

The prince, one of Iraq's most influential tribal leaders, was not there when the raid occurred but told the AP he believed the Americans were searching for Saddam.

"I found the house was searched in a very rough way. It seems the Americans came thinking Saddam Hussein was inside my house," al-Habib said without elaborating."

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., the President is on the campaign road for his re-election:

(the previous one was fun, and got some interesting discussion going, so i thought i'd try my hand at it again.


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Jul. 28th, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
It's funny: we're used to politicians being of slimy character, and I don't generally hate strangers from afar, but George Bush absolutely sets my teeth on edge. He actually makes me feel queasy, and hostile to the point that I feel like throwing something at the TV whenever his smug mug appears on the screen.
There, I had to get that off my chest - I feel better now!
I'm not saying Bush is a villain of Saddam's calibre - not at all. But I keep thinking, 'Out of three hundred million Americans, *this* yob is president?'
I've noticed that here at home in Oz, the fact that 2/3 of the population think Howard misled us, whether deliberately or not, over the reasons for going to war, hasn't dented his popularity. Maybe it's just that the opposition is so hopeless it's hard to prefer Crean as PM. I mean, I'm usually a left-wing voter, but if it were Crean vs. Costello, I'd choose Costello.
Anyway, I think that to a large extent we don't place great importance on what our leaders do overseas; we care more about how they run things here at home. (As seen when the British voted Churchill out after the war.)
It will be interesting to see if Americans are ultimately more interested in Bush's whacking of Iraq, or his less than great management of America's economy.

Jul. 28th, 2003 05:55 pm (UTC)
yeah, i don't know why either, but i feel hostile towards bush too. i don't get it. it's never happened before... well, a little with tony blair, but i give him a little respect for his slime. i don't even hate john howard this much, and i think his nothing more than a bitch slapped deaf dwarf. (last night, i watched that show pizza, and they had a thinly veiled john howard on it, and who, when bush rang him in the show, barked like a dog, made chicken noises, ect. it was very funny, and very, very close to what howard makes that relationship look for.)

of course, on local politics... god, we're just screwed. i don't want either of the major parties. i don't want the democrats. about the only person i'd like to see in is the hippy tree hugger from the greens, but then i'm not sure he'd be such a good choice either. but of course, that's neither here nor there, cause voting for anyone but the major two parties means, by default, that you're voting for them too. the evil of preferential voting.
Jul. 28th, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC)
The economy.

Iraq, you know, is over there.

And as a nice e-mail forwarded from a nice American reminded me today, when the Americans reached Baghdad, 0% of the people there had electricity, and now 30% of the people there have electricity, so now that things over there are moving right along we should focus on the problems of textile workers and tobacco farmers in North Carolina.

It'll be the economy, or the perception of the economy, by a mile.
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