Meanwhile, the just-discovered Alas, A Blog serves up this column from the Cato Institute's Julian Sanchez:
As a rule, the worst despots have funny moustaches, but it seems worth asking what further reason we have to think Saddam poses a serious threat. It's not quite cricket to question the satanicness of the satan du jour, but does anyone else find it odd that the same little thug who's been dictator-ing away free from U.N. oversight for four years now is suddenly a grave danger? He's clearly had chemical and biological weapons before (he may have them yet), and for quite a while we were willing to rely on the logic of deterrence. I know, all enemies of the U.S. are supposed to be, ipso facto, insane and therefore not subject to deterrence. But I defy anyone to seriously claim that Hussein is less mad (or less aware of MAD) than the fingers once on the nuclear buttons in China or the U.S.S.R.
...Also, let's recall that Hussein isn't cut from the crazed martyr cloth. He's more your old fashioned power-and-survival style thug, and as an Arab nationalist, has been called a "bad Muslim" and otherwise sharply criticized by bin Laden and company.
...As we refrain from intervention domestically in the interest of encouraging productive trade, we should be guided by a defeasible presumption of non-intervention on the international stage in the interest of preventing this undesirable variety.
Lest I forget, Mr. Sanchez has another priceless quote: he blogs "because pathological self-absorption is too cool to let Spalding Gray have all the fun."