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updated 12/22/2003 12:43:37 PM ET 2003-12-22T17:43:37

Less than a week ago, we awoke to Paul Bremer‘s three stunning words, “We got him.”  And after bagging the ace of spades, Saddam Hussein, we then saw the pathetic pictures of the butcher of Baghdad in his rat hole. 

He surrendered without firing a shot.  In fact, he begged his captors not shoot him and said that he was ready to negotiate.  In the end, the once-feared leader, who tortured and killed for sport, proved himself to be a coward. 

Now, most Americans took the news as a great development in our war on terror.  But some in the hate-Bush crowd dismissed that capture as irrelevant.  But the American people are a heck of a lot smarter than some of the elites think we are.  Americans saw through the ridiculous claims by Howard Dean and others that America is no better off with Saddam behind bars.  The polls have proven it. 

But that didn‘t stop those extremists from trying.  We had a Democratic congressman saying that President Bush planned the capture to benefit the White House, and Madeleine Albright suggesting that we have Osama bin Laden and we‘re waiting to trot him out just before the election next year.  And Howard Dean, yes, repeated again his ridiculous claim that Saddam‘s arrest was much ado about nothing.  Dean couldn‘t be any more wrong.

Last Friday, we get word that Moammar Khaddafy practically begged the U.S.  to come in and take Libya's weapons of mass destruction.  And it proves a point I‘ve been making all along, that, when you take down one bully on the block, others will take notice. 

The war on terror continues and it's going to be a tough fight.  But America is safer today without Saddam Hussein and without Khaddafy's weapons of mass destruction, whether Jacques Chirac and Howard Dean like it or not.

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