I know I’m a little slow on the up-take sometimes, but it occurs to me that all this celebration and praise for capturing Saddam Hussein is a little like praising a student for finally turning in a homework assignment that was due three weeks ago.
So now everyone’s saying what a great job we did in hunting him down and how this will break the back of the insurgents. Wrong again. The bloom is already off the rose, according to a report linked by Jesse at The Gotham City 13 (thanks, NTodd for the heads-up), and there are already conflicting stories about how much “cooperation” the Army interrogation team is getting from their prisoner.
The primary goal of the DoD and the military should have been to catch SH on the first day of the invasion, and that they shouldn’t have even gone in unless they had a 99.9% certainty that they knew where he was and where he would be going when the bombs started to fall. (Heaving a bunker-buster into a restaurant and crossing your fingers doesn’t count.)
One of my colleagues said that we caught him just out of sheer dumb luck. That may be, but that doesn’t bolster confidence that we’re counting on much more to get this over with.