Patterico's Pontifications

3/24/2003

MUST-READ: The title of the

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:41 am

MUST-READ: The title of the piece is I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam.

GOING TO BED: Looks like

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:27 am

GOING TO BED: Looks like Saddam is wrapping up. He appears to have made some specific references to battles and commanders. I remain convinced this was a live speech.

I couldn’t help having this thought as I watched this: I am awake. Bush is almost certainly asleep. (I think he should be, by the way. I wouldn’t wake him up for this. It’s almost 12:30 a.m. here, and 3:30 in Washington. I would worry if he were awake.) It’s pretty weird to think I am watching a speech that strongly indicates Saddam is still around and feelin’ fine — at least a couple hours before the President will likely learn about it.

UPDATE: The speech is over and the talking heads are skeptical (at least on Fox News). Sorry, guys — I disagree.

REAL-TIME ANALYSIS: The Saddam speech

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:13 am

REAL-TIME ANALYSIS: The Saddam speech is still going on. For those who are eagerly checking in to Patterico’s Pontifications for real-time analysis, you made the right choice. Here is my instant opinion, untainted by influences from talking heads:

1. That’s him.
2. He looks fine.
3. He has not said anything specific to prove that this is not a tape (no newspapers held up or references to specific events), but I don’t think it is a pre-recorded pep talk. Although the speech is mostly platitudes, his references to our land troops avoiding engagements are right on target. This might represent a good guess made before the fact, but I don’t think so.

Conclusion: Saddam is alive and well.


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