It’s been one of those weeks in which the universe seems determined to disply its sense of irony to fullest.
On Sunday, we discover that Saddam Hussein is to hang…
…and on Wednesday his old mucker, Donnie Rumsfeld finds himself out of a job.
Meanwhile, and on the same day, Nicaragua elects a new president – Daniel Ortega…
… and Bush nominates a former Director of the CIA (under Poppy Bush), Robert Gates, as Rumsfeld’s replacement, a man with an equally interesting line in personal history.
You see while Rummy was off chummying it up with dear old Saddam on behalf of Ronnie Reagan, it seems (allegedly) that his proposed replacement was up to his ass in the whole Iran-Contra business, which, as you might well recall, entailed the US seeling arms to Iran on the quiet and diverting the proceeds to fund Contra insurgents who were trying to topple Ortega – although Gates was never indicted, his first nomination for CIA Director was withdrawn due to doubts over his role in the Iran-Contra ‘affair’, following which there were secondary allegations that he also passed information to Iraq during its war with Iran.
Two words come to mind here – ‘Moral’ and ‘ Bankruptcy’.