James M. Lindsay

The Water's Edge

Lindsay analyzes the politics shaping U.S. foreign policy and the sustainability of American power.

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TWE Quick Takes: Saddam Hussein, New START and More

by James M. Lindsay

Seven years ago today soldiers in the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division pulled Saddam Hussein from a hole underneath a two-room mud shack on a sheep farm in the town of ad-Dawr, Iraq.  Hussein had an AK-47, some chocolate, and $750,000 in cash when he was caught.  In the words of Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, “he was caught like a rat.”

In other developments over the weekend.

1.  New START may get passed before the lame-duck session of Congress ends.  Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have declared their support for New START, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says Senate approval is “very close.” [The Senate first has to pass the legislation extending the Bush tax cuts and then pass the legislation funding the government for the rest of the year.  That means that the lame-duck session will have to be extended beyond this Friday, the 17th, to permit time for floor debate and a vote. President Obama says he is willing to delay his vacation to ensure a vote.

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