Very interesting comments from neo-con Thomas Donnelly of the Project for A New American Century, who doesn’t appear unduly worried about the potential Rumsfeld Factor :
The trial is bound to be a show – but a show that is much more likely to have salutary effects, on balance. Reckoning with Saddam – with the nature of his regime, and with the rather unfortunate nature of many regimes in the region – is only a good thing.
It will be very interesting to see how a Saddam trial plays out in the court of public opinion in Europe, too. And there are probably going to be embarrassing moments for the American government, and for western European governments as well – we tolerated this guy for far too long. But so be it. Admission of past error is the basis of future wisdom.