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Monday, April 7, 2014

Baghdad Bob: Where Is He Now?

Talk about 15 minutes of fame that didn't end quite on time.  Of course, his front-page status ended after Baghdad fell, 11 years ago this week, but Saddam Hussein's chief spokesman, Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf,  remained a comedy icon for months, maybe years (you can still buy the t-shirt and coffee mug), for his over-the-top claims that all was well until he needed to flee as the Americans took the city.  Miraculously, he was never charged with anything and went on to be a TV anchor, sans trademark beret.   He now lives--quietly, we hope--in the UAE.  Some of his greatest hits:

"No, I am not scared, and neither should you be."

"Be assured: Baghdad is safe, protected."

"We are in control, they are not in control of anything, they don't even control themselves!"

"I have detailed information about the situation...They are achieving nothing; they are suffering from casualties. Those casualties are increasing, not decreasing."

"I blame Al-Jazeera."

"I would like to clarify a simple fact here: How can you lay siege to a whole country? Who is really under siege now?"

"We're giving them a real lesson today. Heavy doesn't accurately describe the level of casualties we have inflicted."

"This is unbiased: They are retreating on all fronts. Their effort is a subject of laughter throughout the world."

"The force that was near the airport, this force was destroyed."

"Our estimates are that none of them will come out alive unless they surrender to us quickly."

"They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion."

"You can go and visit those places. Everything is okay. They are not in Najaf. They are nowhere. They are on the moon."

"God made us victorious."

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