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The Magnificent Liar

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April 6, 2003
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Some of the most hilarious footage to come out of this war is from the Iraqi information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf’s, press conferences. The man is a magnificently impressive liar, with talent that Bill Clinton can only dream of. Here are some of the techniques he uses: 1. Al-Sahhaf is a master of spinning...

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The Iraqi Defender’s Point of View

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April 6, 2003
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Robert Fisk is the closest thing there is to an “embedded” reporter with the Iraqi military. Read his latest dispatch from Baghdad to see how things look to the Iraqis defending Baghdad. To guage the effects of the 3ID’s foray into Baghdad yesterday, keep in mind that Iraqi defenders were being told as recently...

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Not a Siege

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April 6, 2003
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I’ve predicted that the siege of Baghdad won’t last long. Steven Den Beste makes the same point better than I could: The defining characteristic of a siege is that the attackers can’t get in, and the defenders can’t get out. That’s why it isn’t really quite proper to refer to what’s been happening in...

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Young Conservatives

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April 6, 2003
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Young people are increasingly conservative, much more so than their college professors: Certainly not all students are pro-war or all faculty anti. But “there’s a much higher percentage of liberal professors than there are liberal students,” said Ben Falby, the student who organized the protest at Amherst only to find that it had more...

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That’s How To Do It

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April 5, 2003
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They should have this guy do the daily CENTCOM briefing: “The preponderance of the Republican Guard divisions outside of Baghdad are now dead,” he said. “I find it interesting when folks say we’re softening them up. We’re not softening them up, we’re killing them.” “It’s either we kill them or they give up. There’s...

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The Defeatists

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April 5, 2003
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Now that we’re in and around Baghdad, it’s time for a roll call of some of the most prominent defeatists and their motivations. 1. The retired generals. They’re everywhere, criticizing the war plan and bemoaning the lack of adequate forces. Do they have a motivation? Yes, the carping generals are mostly partisan Democrats! 2....

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Hilarious

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April 5, 2003
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The Iraqi information minister is holding another “news conference” and it’s hilarious as ever. Amidst the wild claims is this nugget: the artillery fire in Baghdad is caused by “sound bombs” dropped by the Americans to create the impression of artillery fire.

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It’s Happened

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April 5, 2003
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Yesterday, I said: I’ll go out on a limb and make a prediction about the siege of Baghdad: The siege won’t last long. Saddam has been throwing his best units into the battle for the outskirts of the city (including Karbala, Al Kut and the airport) and they’ve been decimated by coalition forces. He...

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Thank You, Condi!

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April 4, 2003
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Condoleezza Rice ruled out a “leading role” for the UN in post-war Iraq: “It would only be natural to expect that … having given life and blood to liberate Iraq, the coalition would have the leading role. I don’t think anybody is surprised by that,” President Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, told reporters.

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A Prediction

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April 4, 2003
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I’ll go out on a limb and make a prediction about the siege of Baghdad: The siege won’t last long. Saddam has been throwing his best units into the battle for the outskirts of the city (including Karbala, Al Kut and the airport) and they’ve been decimated by coalition forces. He has responded by...

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Suicidal Women

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April 4, 2003
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Al Jazeera is showing a video of the pregnant woman who committed the suicide bombing yesterday (she made the video statement before she committed the bombing.) I know it’s politically incorrect to ask, but what is it with Arabs and suicide bombing? What kind of culture produces soldiers who wear civilian clothes and run...

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“Creative” Attacks

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April 4, 2003
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In his usual surreal manner, the Iraqi minister of information is claiming that the allies have not taken Baghdad airport and any TV footage showing them there is fictitious. But the best part of his “news conference” (I put that in quotes because reporters who ask uncomfortable questions get expelled or worse) was when...

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The Smoking Gun

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April 4, 2003
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“But Al Qaeda can’t get its hands on chemical weapons in Iraq!” Then explain this.

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The Coming Realignment

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April 4, 2003
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Victor Davis Hanson says that, after the war, we’ll need to reassess our relationships with other countries. I’ve been predicting the coming realignment for two months now: We’re witnessing history, folks. The gulf between the US and “old Europe” has never been so great. The Iraq war will deepen that cleavage if France and...

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How We Might Take Baghdad

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April 4, 2003
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Slate lists options for taking Baghdad.

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