Saturday, July 03, 2004

Big Surprise... 

Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue
The Army's internal study of the war in Iraq criticizes some efforts by its own psychological operations units, but one spur-of-the-moment effort last year produced the most memorable image of the invasion.

As the Iraqi regime was collapsing on April 9, 2003, Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad, site of an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein. It was a Marine colonel — not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images — who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said.
After the colonel — who was not named in the report — selected the statue as a "target of opportunity," the psychological team used loudspeakers to encourage Iraqi civilians to assist, according to an account by a unit member.
Ultimately, a Marine recovery vehicle toppled the statue with a chain, but the effort appeared to be Iraqi-inspired because the psychological team had managed to pack the vehicle with cheering Iraqi children.
WMDs = lie
Statue being pulled down = lie
Jessica Lynch story = lie

I'm having a tough time coming up with a truthful story.

If you want to read the entire story, feel free to use registrationsuxxx as the login and regsux as the password. I've declared war on newspaper site registration.