In yet another effort to snatch a Bush defeat from the jaws of the Saddam-capture victory, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Scheer whines:

“The capture of Saddam Hussein is being treated as a celebratory occasion, but it is one that the Bush administration might come to regret.”

Sure, Bob. Scheer, by the way, is author of “The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq,” published earlier this year by Seven Stories Press/Akashic Books. Scheer’s column is a little week on new Bush lies supposedly stemming from the snagging of Saddam, but it’s a reliable barometer of the leftist spin on this victory that we’re likely to see a lot more of in the coming weeks. Scheer for example, refers to Saddam as a “former ally and head of state” — the Butcher of Baghdad as Winston Churchill. Expect this euphemistic meme to catch on. Oh, and Scheer also blames Saddam’s Kurd-gassing and wholesale massacres of Iraqi Shi’ites on — guess whom? — the U.S!

Writes Scheer: “Those incidents occurred when Bush’s father and President Reagan were using the Sunni Baathists as a foil against Shiite Iran in a war that Hussein launched….This is a dirty history that calls into question our current motives in Iraq.”

No, Bob, it’s a textbook example of the logical fallacy of “post hoc, ergo propter hoc.” Why not just go the whole hog and start a Saddam fan club?