DURST: The Game of Politics

North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms is holding up William Weld's nomination as Ambassador to Mexico because he's shown reluctance to share the Senator's belief that anyone caught with a joint should be publicly beheaded. The game of politics is one of the inherent problems you have with a political appointment. Another can be witnessed in Iraq where Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Odai, in an example of nepotism gone horribly awry, was appointed head of the Iraqi soccer federation. Apparently, Odai is feeling "a little less than" since that minor assassination attempt last December. Unable to walk and reportedly sexually impotent, but isn't that the first thing people will say, Strongman Junior was a bit miffed with the Iraqi soccer team when they were eliminated from the World Cup Soccer Tournament by Kazakstan and had them beaten with canes then shaved off all their hair and mustaches. Of course, it's not hard to understand his melancholy. Kazakstan, for crum's sake! In the future this could have the unforeseen side effect of making the job of Iraqi national soccer team recruiter about as attractive as that of a ValuJet public relations vice president or a Palestinian real estate agent. I would encourage Odai to defect to the States where he can get worka as Mike Tyson's anger counselor.Will Durst would like to stick Odai Hussein in a room with Jesse Helms for a weekend and watch the sparks fly.


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