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I have no problem with this interpretation. Let's put it back in the context now

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Here's the original:
Dr. Justin Frank, writing in Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, also says the President has a "lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from (...) to pumping his fist gleefully before the bombing of Baghdad."


Now we'll bring this statement in synch with facts -- making the phrase more specific, no more than that (bombing is bombing, no problem.)

Dr. Justin Frank, writing in Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, also says the President has a "lifelong streak of sadism, ranging from (...) to pumping his fist gleefully before the selectively targeted and applied with precision strikes on the Baath headquarters in Baghdad."

I am satisfied with the latter formulation! Of course it is also nonsensical: the original verbal subterfuge having been excised, the phrase evidences no sadism -- there's nothing sadistic about bombing the enemy's headquarters: the ghoulish allusion implicit in the original version (the "Bombing of Baghdad' invites a mental picture of something like the Dresden firebombing) is lost.