White House Calls For Second Hanging of Saddam

On the day that President Bush received a National Intelligence Estimate detailing the renewed strength of Al Qaeda and a growing threat of terrorism against the United States, the White House called on the Iraqi government to exhume the corpse of Saddam Hussein in order to hang the deposed Iraqi leader a second time.

If Mr. Hussein were to be hanged before year's end, as the White House requests, it would be the second time in twelve months that Iraq's former president was executed.

"Al Qaeda in Iraq remains the primary source of terror to the United States and to freedom-loving people all over the world, and that's why we're confident that the new Iraqi government will demonstrate that they are committed to killing the cause of that terror as many times as it takes," said White House spokesman Tony Snow on Tuesday.

Although Osama bin Laden is widely believed to be based in the region bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan, the White House is following the urging of bin Laden in continuing to focus on Iraq. "There is no question, based on the statements of bin Laden, himself, not to mention others and al Qaeda, that they regard Iraq as the central front in the war on terror," said Homeland Security Adviser Fran Townsend (Link) in a press conference this morning.