How many times has the left stated there is no need to have war, but Saddam should be just taken out? I've lost count how many times I have read that it all could be avoided if only Saddam were taken out.
Tonight, Bush tried to do just that:
U.S. launches cruise missiles at Saddam
Saddam denounces attack as 'criminal'
WASHINGTON (CNN) --U.S. and coalition forces launched missiles and bombs at targets in Iraq as Thursday morning dawned in Baghdad, including a "decapitation attack" aimed at Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and other top members of the country's leadership.
The "decapitation attack" to take out Saddam was approved by Bush during an urgently called meeting at which the CIA director voiced concern that a prime opportunity could be lost, U.S. officials said.
One U.S. official said the attack was launched on the basis of fresh intelligence on the location of "very senior Iraqi leadership" -- including Saddam. One of the targets was in Baghdad and another south of the capital, the sources said.
(complete article is at)
After all the rhetoric about just taking out Saddam and avoiding any civilian casualties, one would think the left would be pleased that his first strike was just what they have been calling for. Was it? NO! Bush was accused right here of being a war criminal for doing just that. He's been ridiculed for his speech and totally demonized throughout the evening. This, after doing just what the left has been calling for him to do all along. Whether or not he got Saddam and any of his sons remains to be seen, but his first thrust was to go after Saddam instead of a major invasion.
All this confirms to me that the anti-war crowd is less anti-war and more anti-Bush. No matter what he does, the left will continue hating him and ridiculing him every chance they get.
If it we Gore initiaitng this war, though, I imagine the silence from the left would be deafening, just as it was when Clinton sent troops throughout the world into harms way, without UN approval! Odd how ones like Tom Daschle called for the removal of (by military action, if necessary) and demonized Saddam during the Clinton Administration, yet, now sees him as not too bad a guy, since Bush got into office.
To me, the left is overflowing with hypocrisy and tonight, reaffirms that.