"You can say that it's great that Saddam [Hussein] is gone, and I'm sure that a lot of Iraqis feel it is great that Saddam is gone, but a lot of them gave their lives, and their living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before."
In other words, he was talking about dead Iraqis, in an ironic sense. Dean never claimed that the mass of Iraqis were better off under Saddam. I'm disappointed that Brian was so eager to swallow that interpretation from an uninformed Iraqi blogger (unless blogging from Iraq somehow immunizes you from any fact-checking rigor?) . Alas, when discussing anything in today's political climate, leaping to a convenient interpretation is all too seductive. I tried to inform Glenn of the error but didn't get much response, which is a shame because Glenn's post is the primary vector of the disinformation.