Saddam has been captured, huzzah! Meanwhile, the war was still a profoundly stupid idea, sold to the public via a systematic campaign of lies.
Winston Smith at Philosoraptor sums up my feelings exactly with this item: A humble prediction.
The right acts as if it has accepted the following inference: Saddam is terrifically evil; Bush opposes Saddam; so Bush must be good. The left acts as if it has accepted this one: Bush is a very bad man; Bush opposes Saddam; so Saddam must not be that bad.
But both inferences are defective. Note also that, though both inferences have true premisses, both have false conclusions.
Saddam is evil and Bush is merely awful, but Bush’s awfulness hits closer to home for Americans. If we ignore either Bush’s awfulness or Saddam’s black, bottomless, inhuman evil, we’re ignoring something important about the world.
Finally, ymatt lends his Photoshop skills to answering the question on everyone’s mind: What was Saddam thinking with that beard? One possible answer: He was working on his costume for the local Return of the King line party.