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Why are the feds suddenly so penurious in their reward offer for information on Saddam? The feds spend $25 million every five minutes, round the clock all year round (rough calculation based on a $2.1 trillion annual budget). Even donating only one day’s spending would have upped the reward to half a billion—in fact, that might have been enough to pay Saddam to resign, and thus sparing everyone the trauma of war. Also, a suggestion: if the dollar reward doesn’t work, the feds might consider paying in Saddam dinars.

3:47 pm on July 3, 2003