America's Favorite Enemy Propagandist

Iraqi Minister of Information Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf followed a simple code: When life hands you lemons, insist that, despite the heinous lies of the infidels, they are in fact lemonade. In a war that produced no Scud Stud, al-Sahhaf emerged as a strange sort of cult icon, appearing daily before a bank of microphones in Baghdad to bark, "There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!" and "God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis."

An Egyptian woman called al-Sahhaf "the only entertainment we get in this god-awful war." We never warmed to Joseph Goebbels quite...

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