Bin Laden is seldom mentioned publicly by anyone at the White House. These days it's Saddam Hussein this, Saddam Hussein that.
Bush himself wastes no opportunity to denounce the Iraqi dictator by name. Saddam is evil. Saddam is ruthless. Saddam is nuts.
No argument there. But it wasn't Hussein who conceived the Sept. 11 attack on America. It wasn't Hussein's training camps that produced the suicide hijackers, or funded and directed the operation.
Yet to hear the president tell it, Hussein is the most dangerous and imminent menace facing the United States -- and the world community in general. This is a different tune from the one that Bush was singing a year ago, but we're assured that the situation in Iraq has taken a nasty turn, and that an all-out war might be the only option.
Formerly GOD'S LONELY MAN