Annals Of Ridiculous Spin

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THE PLANK AUGUST 31, 2007

Annals Of Ridiculous Spin

WaPo on congressional delegations visiting Iraq:

But even such tight control could not always filter out the bizarre world inside the [Green Zone] barricades. At one point, the three [visiting members of Congress] were trying to discuss the state of Iraqi security forces with Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, but the large, flat-panel television set facing the official proved to be a distraction. Rubaie was watching children's cartoons.
When Moran asked him to turn it off, Rubaie protested with a laugh and said, "But this is my favorite television show," Moran recalled.
Porter confirmed the incident, although he tried to paint the scene in the best light, noting that at least they had electricity.
"I don't disagree it was an odd moment, but I did take a deep breath and say, 'Wait a minute, at least they are using the latest technology, and they are monitoring the world,' " Porter said. "But, yes, it was pretty annoying."

Sounds like Rubaie and Homer Simpson might hit it off. Meanwhile the whole story--which also describes how something resembling opposition research on members of Congress has been circulating around the Green Zone--is pretty amazing.

--Michael Crowley

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