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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Wonderland

This has a familiar ring to it:

Washington Wire, Saddam in Wonderland: Iraqi military commanders were so afraid of giving Saddam Hussein bad news that even as U.S. tanks were 100 miles from Baghdad preparing for a final assault, Hussein instructed his foreign minister to tell France and Russia he would accept only an “unconditional withdrawal” of U.S. forces because “Iraq is now winning and … the United States has sunk in the mud of defeat.” Because Hussein severely punished anybody who told him unpleasant truths, analysts have long noted his regime had an Alice in Wonderland quality of the truth being what he wanted it to be...

As late as the end of March 2003, Hussein apparently still believed the war to be going the way he had expected. If Iraq wasn’t actually winning it, neither was it losing — or so it seemed to him. Captured Iraqi documents and prisoner interviews show military commanders passing on false reports or no news at all as the fighting raged. Meanwhile, Major General Barzan Abdel Ghafur, the commander of Hussein’s Special Republican Guard and the man who was to command the last stand of Hussein’s most elite military force, spent most of the war hiding, the report said.

Let's try something:

Washington Wire, Bush in Wonderland: Cabinet members and agency heads were so afraid of giving George Bush bad news that even as Hurricane Katrina was 100 miles from New Orleans preparing for its assault and there were worries about readiness and levy breaches, Bush said "I want to assure the folks at the state level that we are fully prepared to ... help you during the storm, ... and ... after the storm." Because Bush severely punished anybody who told him unpleasant truths, analysts have long noted his regime had an Alice in Wonderland quality of the truth being what he wanted it to be...

As late as Thursday after the storm, Bush apparently still believed the recovery effort to be going the way he had expected. Leaked documents and interviews show agency commanders passing on false reports or no news at all as the disaster raged. Meanwhile, Michael Chertoff, Bush’s Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the man who was to command the recovery effort, spent most of the time hiding, the report said.

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