Hmmm, when my S.O. brought up a Yahoo page on her computer last night she said, “read the first paragraph of this story.” I read the text on the computer screen out loud:

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

Huh??? “Saddam..led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.” ???? I’m flumoxed; this is simply not true. Did I miss something?

Here is an assortment of leads from the AP writer(s) that penned the B.S. quoted above, CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and/or CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, I’ve included time stamps (via Lexus/Nexus Academic) so we can see the evolution of AP’s leads.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 4:49 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday, Iraqi state-run television reported.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:04 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:19 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. A witness said he was composed in his last moments.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:21 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturday.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 5:34 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturday.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 6:19 AM GMT

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday. On the gallows, Saddam refused to wear a hood and shouted: “God is great.”

December 30, 2006 Saturday 6:40 AM GMT

In the end, Saddam Hussein died at the hands of those he brutalized during a bloody regime that led Iraq into two disastrous wars with the United States and left the country and its people in utter chaos.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 7:16 AM GMT

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 7:43 AM GMT

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.

December 30, 2006 Saturday 9:59 AM GMT

Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday, executed by vengeful countrymen after a quarter-century of remorseless brutality that killed countless thousands and led Iraq into disastrous wars against the United States and Iran.