“That S.O.B. is rolling over in his grave right now,” said Vice President Joe Biden of the late Saddam Hussein while visiting Iraq on July 4th.
Look, I understand what happens when a US figurehead gets a snootful of self-righteous holiday spirit and exults a scathing damnation of all things evil – sometimes the patriotism causes one to paint one’s self into a rhetorical corner. So if President Obama can forgive Biden for once complimenting Obama by referring to him as “clean and articulate” I too can forgive the VP for his bad manners.
But I wonder: can Don Rumsfeld do the same?
I imagine the former two-time Defense Secretary wistfully reviewing the photos of old friends, mayhaps made a tad misty by memories of happier times with bosom buddies of the United States who, like him, just got a bad rap in the end.
Okay, not exactly like him. Some people get a rap, other people get a rope.
Happy 4th, if you can manage it.