WHERE’S WALDO SADDAM?
WALDO SADDAM? Newsweek‘s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball want to know. They’re worried:
THE Ã¢€œSADDAM GOES UNDERGROUNDÃ¢€ scenario is doubly troubling to U.S. officials, sources say. Not only does it raise the prospect of a protracted guerillalike conflict that could sap the patience of the American public, it holds open the possibility that Saddam will soon become like Osama bin LadenÃ¢€”a spectral figure who U.S. forces simply canÃ¢€™t find. Ã¢€œThere is some concern about a guerilla war,Ã¢€ says one official familiar with administration discussions on the issue. According to this source, such a development is considered possible only if the Iraqi leader continues to have Ã¢€œa population sympathetic to him.Ã¢€
Already, there are aspects of the U.S. targeting of Saddam that have begun to resemble the seemingly futile hunt for bin Laden. U.S. officials openly admit that they donÃ¢€™t know precisely where the Iraqi leader is. They are also unable to say with certainty whether he survived the aerial bombardment of one of his underground bunkers the night the war began.
This is patently ridiculous. Does anyone really think that, if he can’t make people fight while he controls the entire coercive apparatus of the state that he’ll be more effective as a guerilla leader? Please.