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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Sunday, December 14, 2003
Questions and comments

American Lord and Savior George W. Bush announced the pre-Sabbath day capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein today. Bush said they were certain it was Saddam because Victor French is no longer alive.

It would be easy to make fun of much of what Bush said, but the urge doesn't strike me. However, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did have this to say:

Today is a momentous day for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people have now been liberated in spirit, as well as in fact. As they celebrate, we also stop to remember the many U.S. and Coalition forces who gave their lives to make this moment possible – including many brave Iraqis who served in their new security forces and who have died fighting for their country. Thanks to all of them, the Iraqi people face a future, not of terror, but of freedom. Today, many Iraqis can dare to believe what we have said from the beginning: that the era of the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein is over. His terrorist regime is finished.
Funny I thought Rummy would be aware that these things were all supposed to be true before the capture.


The mission that caught Saddam was called "Operation Red Dawn." Given John Milius' cinematic masterpiece Red Dawn (1984), I can't help but laugh. How long before "Operation Amerika"?


The AP writes:

Saddam Hussein was captured based on information from a member of a family "close to him," Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno said Sunday.

Odierno, the commander of the 4th Infantry Division that captured Saddam, said over the last 10 days soldiers have questioned "five to 10 members" of families "close to Saddam."

"Finally we got the ultimate information from one of these individuals," he said.


Via Mike Wazowski, Joe Katzman of windsofchange.net writes:

Captured with a loaded pistol, but he never fired a single shot. What a pussy. As usual, "death before surrender" applies only to his Saddam fedayeen minions, not to him.
What the fuck? Would Katzman think slightly better of Saddam if he had killed a few U.S. soldiers before being captured or killed?


I'm not exactly shocked to see that instapundit.com is nearly unreadable but at least I did find out that there might be a problem with capturing Saddam:

...he's caught (I assume by now it's clearly not one of those doubles), and that's likely to be a rather major blow to the "insurgents" -- though I rather suspect that some of that has been supported by Syria, Iran, and Saudi elements in the hopes of keeping the United States busy. With Saddam gone, though, it'll be harder for them to escape responsibility, which is likely to cause them to reduce their exposure in this area. That's unalloyed good news, unless we're looking for an excuse to invade Syria.
And things were looking so good yesterday. Actually I suspect this will only boost Team Bush's desire to take over more countries, but I could be wrong.

Via Glenn Reynolds I came across Marc Cenedella's thoughts:

Let's not forget the role that President Bush's personal bravery played in this capture.

Flying into Iraq, with lights off on Air Force One to avoid insurgents' missle strikes, the President expressed his confidence in the outcome and our forces in a way that no words lobbed from afar ever could. The message he sent was four-fold:

1) I believe in the ability of U.S. troops to protect the President of the United States even in the midst of an active enemy. An expression of confidence in their abilities in the most meaningful way.

2) I am going to share your burden. Flying 17 hours each way to spend 2 1/2 hours with the troops for a turkey dinner, when he could have just as easily stayed at home in Crawford, showed the men and women of the armed forces that this President is a leader who is there with them, not merely an order-giver hidden safely back home.

3) To the Iraqi people: It is safe enough for me to fly here, and I am confident in our victory. Which member of Saddam's inner circle finally crumbled and gave up the ghastly beast? We may never know, but we may guess that having your enemy's leader come and show his face in your town without fear was a significant factor in the betrayal of the butcher. Winning is as much about demoralizing the other side as about energizing your own.

4) We will win. The troops saw that their President took the personal and political risk of coming to Iraq and were heartened by it.

Cenedella writes more that's also worth laughing at.


The capture raises a number of questions such as:

-What effect will it have on anti-occupation forces?

-What effect will it have on the projects of creating a stable government suitable to U.S. interests, finding weapons of mass destruction and uncovering ties between Saddam's now deposed government and one or more branches of "the terrorists"?

-What will be done with Saddam?

-Will Kuwait, or even Saudi Arabia, have in role in determining Saddam's fate?

-Will Saddam talk? If so, what will he say about his ties to various countries too numerous to fully mention, weapons of mass destruction programs and any efforts to have avoided the invasion?

-How connected was Saddam to anti-occupation forces?

-What has Saddam's life been like since March? When did he go "on the run" and how many places has he lived in? Did Saddam make any effort to leave Iraq?

-How close have coalition forces been to capturing or killing Saddam in the past?

-What effect will it have on politics in the Iraq, the U.S. and other relevant countries?