Just posting a short rant this week because of the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas, everyone!

America’s Christmas present arived early this year. With the capture of the mass-murdering Saddam Hussein, the United States struck a formidable blow in the war against terrorism. Secretary Donald Rumsfeld summed it up this way:

Here was a man who was photographed hundreds of times shooting off rifles and showing how tough he was, and in fact, he wasn’t very tough, he was cowering in a hole in the ground, and had a pistol and didn’t use it and certainly did not put up any fight at all.

In the last analysis, he seemed not terribly brave.

While some of the Democrats have praised this capture, most notably Senator Lieberman, the response from the liberal Left has been, uh, interesting, to say the least. Peter Jennings, the news anchor for ABC, claimed “There’s not a good deal for Iraqis to be happy about at the moment” because life for the Iraqis today is “not as stable for them as it was when Saddam Hussein was in power.” Well, Benito Mussolini was a murderous thug, too, but at least he made sure the trains ran on time. Life sure was terrible for the Italians after Il Duce toppled from power.

One evening as I was driving around, I heard Peter Weissbach guest-hosting for the Michael Savage radio show. He was asking to hear from people who felt sorry for Saddam, and the calls started coming in. One caller’s comments really stood out for me. This caller said that we could not blame Saddam since the man might have suffered a bad childhood. His comments were full of wishy-washy words like “might,” “possibly,” “could,” “maybe,” and “I don’t know.” Notwithstanding his uncertainty, he was steadfast in his desire not to blame Saddam. In this caller’s eyes, Saddam was an innocent victim. Precisely what he was a victim of, the caller wasn’t sure, but he certainly could not blame Saddam for the mass graves!

This idea of refusing to blame people because of possible childhood trauma does not make sense to me. Did Saddam’s hypothetical abuse as a child force him to abuse others? Either Saddam has free will and chose to abuse young children, or he is nothing but a rabid dog, snapping at others. If he is a free agent, then Saddam chose his fate; if he is merely a dog foaming at the mouth, then he deserves to be put down. We do not discuss the formative puppy years of dangerous animals.

The radio-show caller is not alone. There are plenty of other people who feel sorry for Saddam, or pity him. An interesting site to observe Saddamites of many different stripes is Democratic Underground. These folk are vitriolic in their hatred for President Bush, Republicans and their ilk. As much as I dislike Bill Clinton, it is mostly an intellectual dislike for his ideas and actions, but from what I’ve heard and read, the Bush-hating leftists have an almost visceral hatred for our current president. His mere continued existence is sufficient to drive them livid. This hate extends to others in the Bush administration. After the news of Secretary Colin Powell’s prostate surgury, one Democratic Underground regular posted, “I will dance on Powell’s grave as I would on all of the regime’s henchmen.” I find it interesting that this poster’s avatar icon is a picture of Karl Marx.

My favorite quote comes from Democrat Rep. “Baghdad” Jim McDermott of Washington State. On a radio interview, he claimed that our forces could have snagged Saddam earlier if they had wanted. When the radio host asked if this capture was timed to help President Bush, Baghdad Jim said, “Yeah. Oh, yeah. There’s too much by happenstance for it to be just a coincidental thing.” He also said, “It’s funny, when they’re having all this trouble, suddenly they have to roll out something.” Trouble? Before Saddam was captured, the economy was roaring back, Iraq was steadily improving (despite what certain members of the press would have you believe), and President Bush’s approval ratings were going up. So what was the trouble?

In case you have forgotten, this is the same Jim McDermott who visited Saddam shortly before the invasion of Iraq and told the now-captured dictator that President Bush would lie to the United States to support the war in Iraq. The U.S. Constitution defines treason, in part, as giving “aid and comfort” to America’s enemies. If bad-mouthing the President in the home of the enemy on the very eve of armed hostilities is not treason, then it is treason’s blood brother. Feel free to argue against the Administration’s policies, you liberal Leftists, but don’t do so while overseas or visiting our nation’s enemies. This common-sense lesson seems to have gone unlearned by so many people, the Dixie Chicks included.