Monday, September 13, 2004


FOREIGN POLICY -- FREUDIAN SLIP?: Apparently, the Bush administration
has conflated Saddam Hussein with Osama bin Laden
so many times that even its own officials have become confused.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld mixed up the names of bin Laden and
twice in a speech at the National Press Club on Friday, at one point
referring to Hussein as the leader of the al Qaeda-backed Northern
Alliance in Afghanistan. At another point Rumsfeld said, "Saddam Hussein, if
he's alive, is spending a whale of a lot of time trying to not get
caught. And we've not seen him on a video since 2001." He meant bin Laden.
Rumsfeld might just be following the White House script. After all, in
2002 Bush said, "You can't distinguish
between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror."