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January 23, 2007

Saddam who?
Posted by Heather Hurlburt

Rosa is right about that State of the Union word search feature in the Times.  Would you believe "al Qaeda," "bin Laden" and "Osama" were used more this year than any other?  And it was interesting that Saddam Hussein hasn't been mentioned since his arrest two-plus years ago.


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Yeah, I was startled (not having read the advance copy) to hear Bush quote Osama bin Laden. I suppose "bin Forgotten" was getting to be a sore spot.

Funny thing: according to the Times feature, all the mentions of Iraq were in the second half of this year's speech. They were in the first half in 2006, the second in 2005, the first in 2004 and the second in 2003.

Incidentally, Sen. Webb's reply was very good for that kind of thing. I would have led with the part on Iraq, as that is his strongest subject, rather than leave it to the end. But the statement was very well written and delivered, and we don't have to wonder who wrote it.

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