I know that criminal trials, like state courts, are vaguely icky, but I still can't get over the fact that some no-name judge (Rizgar Mohammed Amin? he wasn't even on the short list) gets to preside in the Saddam Trial.
We have American guards taking him up the stairway, an American suit (from Sears, by the look of it) and an American defense attorney. I wonder if Saddam's folks know, by the way, that his lawyer's dad was in charge of detaining the Japs in WWII before becoming a Supreme Court Justice. He gets to be John Rocker in Oyez Baseball and everything.
Why not an American Judge?
I don't have much to do between now and January 9. I'd be happy to head east and preside over a show trial; I'd certainly start by telling Saddam he shouldn't be keeping blog.
At least the courtoom in Baghad isn't falling apart.