1. KFLO says

    I’ve been against the war even before it began … but something like this is just shameful and Iraqis should be embarrassed for it.

  2. nun says

    It’s pretty important to note the city is Tikrit! What else would you expect from Saddam’s clan? Seriously.

  3. Jeff says

    Nonsense, KFLO. After the horrors of this illegal war that the Iraqis have endured, giving Bush the boot, as it were is right and fitting. If US journalists weren’t such lapdogs and were more critical perhaps we wouldn’t have been in the war in the first place.

  4. says

    If KFLO had to live through suicide bombs and American soldiers shooting children, maybe they would understand why not every Iraqi is in love with George Bush.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    “…spit my pop…”

    JEFFREY, I’m going to spend all day wondering. Midwest folks call soda “pop”, right?…oh, ok. Then, I nearly spit my shine.

  6. Pete says

    I agree with KFLO. Both Bush and this war have sucked, but this is dumb.

    No, I don’t live through suicide bombings and Americans sniping at kids (though I prefer that the latter is a bit of an exaggeration…American soldiers, contrary to what Al-Jazeera, aka Fox News for the Arab World, don’t generally use children for target practice).

    However, this statue is in Tikrit, home of Saddam’s clan, and these were the favored people during Saddam’s rule who were often called on to do the dirty work in his government.

    Putting up a statue like this in Tikrit is equivalent to putting up a statue of W in Crawford, Texas.

  7. Johnny says

    Just 1 shoe? I thought 2 were thrown…

    Well, either way, Heell Yes, it’s a great concept!

    Anyone who can’t see the humor and brains behind this is just plain ignorant and rigid. Considering what those poor civilians have endured, good on them to still have a sense of humor about any part of this whole fiasco.

  8. Dback says

    I consider myself a reasonably patriotic American who nonetheless loathed Bush & Cheney and what they did to our country and our reputation. This puts me in a quandry, in that I don’t like our country being treated as a joke; however, you can’t say that Bush hasn’t earned some emnity from many of the Iraqui people. And I must admit, putting a shrub–or a bush–in a giant shoe is pretty witty.

  9. Andy says

    The sad thing is that Bush went in there thinking he was liberating them, and they really all hate his guts (probably all our guts).

    And when I think of all our tax money his administration spent there when he could have been putting it into our infrastructure and protecting our borders…it just makes me sick.

    The whole situation is such a sham and a joke and just dismal.

  10. MT says

    I have to agree with the minority here. This is pretty infantile. I get it, but I think it’s stupid. If it’s just a temporary gag it’s one thing, but if this is some sort of permanent memorial it’s another thing entirely.

    As you all rightly point out, this was America’s folly gone wrong on so many levels with so many people’s lives destroyed. It shouldn’t be made into a joke.

  11. Jeff says

    Pete, I disagree. Bush is loathed by all Iraqis, not just the ones in Tikrit. These people are not erecting a statue of Saddam, they are erecting a monument to resistance to occupation and to speaking truth to power.

  12. Pete says

    Hey Jeff,

    I am inclined to agree with you up until a point. What is the resistance? It really depends on who you ask there. The Tikritis had been favored for so long by the Baath regime and were killing so many Kurds and Shiites (the majority) that many non-Sunni Iraqis (and I would presume non-Tikriti Sunnis) would view Tikritis as sort of the ruling class.

    I don’t see it really as speaking “truth to power.” Tikritis for so long *were* the power. And once the Americans leave and (depending on if the Iranians or Sunni Arabs are stronger), the Tikritis or other Sunni allies may find themselves in power again. I don’t put much stock in their “resistance to occupation” if many of these people are seeking to replace occupation with another brutal tyranny.

    I don’t think we Americans were or are liberators in Iraq…we are invaders, fair and square. But I don’t think that makes every act of resistance to be “speaking truth to power.”

  13. woodroad34 says

    This is a perfect example of satire. And, as was pointed out above, instead of being greeted with flowers, Dubya is ironically greeted with plastic bushes. You’ll note that there is no reference to the USA–this is strictly directed at The Monkey. And I applaud it. It’s the only avenue open since impeachment was taken off the table and that fool gets to go live in his mansion with his secret service and his presidential annuity.

  14. anon says

    We really won’t know if we are “popular” in Iraq until the troops come home and the Iraqis have only each other to keep company with.