Rumsfeld-Saddam, 1980s

As the official Middle East Envoy for the Reagan Administration, then-former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld meeting with then-Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, at a time when the U.S. was lending military assistance to Iraq in its vicious war against Iran. This photo would come to symbolize the profligacy and corruption of Rumsfeld, the George W. Bush Administration, and all Republicans in the minds of anti-Iraq War groups in the U.S. (and throughout the West) during the contentious Iraq War. However, I fail to see any difference between Mr. Rumsfeld serving as Middle East envoy for President Reagan and former Speaker Pelosi attempting to represent her constituents and the Democrat-controlled Legislative Branch in the region in 2007.