posted on Jan, 6 2004 @ 07:13 AM
"When it emerged that the Kurds had captured the Iraqi dictator, the US
celebrations evaporated. David Pratt asks whether a secret political trade-off has been engineered. For a story that three weeks ago gripped the
world’s imagination, it has now all but dropped off the radar."
Peculiar really, for if one thing might have been expected in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s capture, it was the endless political and media
mileage that the Bush administration would get out of it .
After all, for 249 days Saddam’s elusiveness had been a symbol of America’s ineptitude in Iraq, and, at last, with his capture came the long-awaited
chance to return some flak to the Pentagon’s critics.
It also afforded the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of America’s elite covert and intelligence units such as Task Force 20 and Greyfox .
And it was a terrific chance for the perfect photo-op showing the American soldier, and Time magazine’s “Person of the Year”, hauling “High Value
Target Number One” out of his filthy spiderhole in the village of al-Dwar.
Then along came that story: the one about the Kurds beating the US Army in the race to find Saddam first, and details of Operation Red Dawn suddenly
began to evaporate.
As with the Jessica Lynch fiasco, it seems that the capture of Saddam didn't quite go down the way The Pentagon and Bush Admin say it did.
Apparently Saddam Hussein was kidnapped by Kurdish special forces unit. After this they informed US and UK forces and they came and collected him.
Again this is not quite the way Media outlets said said it happened. Is there any end to the spin and the lies?
[Edited on 6-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]