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How Bush sanctioned Saddam's Execution

Interesting detail that has come out now on the Saddam execution! Man, this guy George Bush is out to shoot himself on his foot! Can he get some saner advisors?

Turns out that one minor detail in Irag’s emerging political protocol requires the Iraqi President to sign off on the execution of any convicted critical.

However, on Friday as the zero hour for Saddam’s execution approached, the current Iraqi President Jalal Talabani – a repeated critic and opponent of the death penalty – could not be reached and his signiture not ascertained.

Unsure of what to do, Iraq’s current Prime Minister got on the phone with American President George W. Bush seeking his avice.

You guessed it – Dubya recommended that Al Maliki proceed with the execution and not worry about getting the President’s official signature.

Sure – it’s unclear still what exactly are the actual poliical protocols that are required in Iraq’s emerging government – but the fact that the US would encourage such haste is disturbing.

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