9 Lives. The Many Uses of Saddam Hussein by Timothy McGettigan, Ph.D. Department of Sociology Colorado State University – Pueblo Timothy.McGettigan@colostate-pueblo.edu. The 1980s. Our boy Saddam slugs it out with Iran. He’s a Hero!. Actually, Saddam is kind of creepy.
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The Many Uses of
Timothy McGettigan, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology
Colorado State University – Pueblo
Our boy Saddam slugs it out with Iran.
He murders Kurds, tortures and terrorizes his own citizens, and brutally attacks his neighbors.
So, we give him benefit of the doubt.
He was one of the good guys
However, on August 2, 1990, Saddam Hussein made a fatal mistake.
Hussein invaded Kuwait.
Saddam was murdering Kurds, torturing and terrorizing his own citizens, invading his neighbors…
But in 1990 our hero changed.
Saddam had become an evil tyrant.
Hussein remained in power.
Poppy succeeded in expelling Hussein from Kuwait while simultaneously winning a huge, albeit short-lived, PR victory at home.
You can’t win ‘em all.
Or can you?
Having trounced Iraq during Desert Storm, the US viewed Saddam as little more than a malingering second-rate nuisance.
Clinton had other fish to fry.
focus soon returned to Saddam.
It would take some
doing, but the Bush
rekindle US fear and
The Ace of Spades
He was obviously a monster.
All you had to do was look at him.
There was guilt in his eyes.
Who in their right
mind would stick
What kind of sick world is this???
Good for nothing
gain by knocking
This one’s for you, Poppy.
And they were tough enough to go after him.
Regardless of public opinion.
But not quite yet. In politics, timing is everything.
…and, wow, is he going to get it.
1. All of our problems are solved.
2. Peace reigns.
3. And the world is, once again, safe for democracy.
This looks like trouble…
You can rely on our War Time Presidentto lash out swiftly, certainly, and lethally to crush any villainous threat that might get in the way…
God bless (Help!) America!