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The Minister

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It doesn’t get much more surreal than this deranged buttplug waving his arms and flapping his lips about Iraqi invincibility even as reality closed around his bubble of smug fantasy. Who? Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information (currently on administrative leave), of course.

This site is dedicated to him. Among its many pleasures is a Greatest Hits collection:

    “There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!”

    “My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all”

    “Our initial assessment is that they will all die”

    “I blame Al-Jazeera – they are marketing for the Americans!”

    “God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis.”

    “surrender or be burned in their tanks.”

    “No I am not scared and neither should you be!”

    “They’re not even [within] 100 miles [of Baghdad]. They are not in any
    place. They hold no place in Iraq. This is an illusion … they are
    trying to sell to the others an illusion.”

    “Faltering forces of infidels cannot just enter a country of 26 million people and lay besiege to them! They are the ones who will find themselves under siege. Therefore, in reality whatever this miserable Rumsfeld has been saying, he was talking about his own forces. Now even the American command is under siege.”

    “They tried to bring a small number of tanks and personnel carriers in through al-Durah but they were surrounded and most of their infidels had their throats cut.”

    “We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein’s soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a lesson which will not be forgotten by history. Truly.”

Check out this quote about M.S.S. from Jean-Pierre McGarrigle, whoever the hell that is:

    “In an age of spin, al-Sahaf offers feeling and authenticity. His message is consistent — unshakeable, in fact, no matter the evidence — but he commands daily attention by his on-the-spot, invective-rich variations on the theme. His lunatic counterfactual art is more appealing than the banal awfulness of the Reliable Sources. He is a Method actor in a production that will close in a couple of days. He stands superior to truth.”

Or alien to it at least. Another way to look at him is as a lying sack of shit. I defer to your better judgment.

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  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I think he has a brilliant career ahead of him working for a US cable news outlet, or in PR. Maybe Michael Jackson is looking for someone of al-Sahaf’s calibre.

  • http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/ Brian Flemming

    A government official who tells outrageous lies and insults foreigners?

    Hey, he’d fit right in at the White House.

  • Perry Perdis

    If he gained another 300 pounds and dyed his hair he could be a Newt Gingrich clone.

  • James Russell

    Woe! The link wasn’t working when I tried it just then…

  • InMarin

    More disinformation:

    How does Bush rhetoric match reality?

    All White House quotes come from this White House release from June 7, 2002.

    White House, June 2002: “One year after President Bush signed the tax cut into law, the economy is growing, consumer spending is up and America is on the path to economic recovery.”

    Reality, April 2003: Almost two years after the tax cut, the opposite is true. The economy is now barely growing, far less than the required 3% growth needed to create jobs and provide sustainable growth. The economy looks shaky as jobless claims remain above 400,000, the unemployment rate refuses to drop, the percentage of the population in the labor force continues to shrink, the deficit continues to expand, industrial production and retail sales continue to shrink, the stock market is unable to recover and stay at previous levels and consumer confidence remains at all time lows.

    White House, June 2002: “The tax cut will help create 800,000 jobs by the end of 2002.”

    Reality, April 2003: From June 2002 onwards, the economy lost 185,000 private sector jobs by the end of 2002, and has lost an additional 243,000 private sector jobs so far in 2003. This brings the total private sector job losses since the recession began in March 2001 to 2,629,000. This is the worst performing job market in modern American economic history. 25 months after the recession, the private sector job market has yet to bottom out. In the 1990-1991 recession, the private sector job market bottomed out after 20 months. In 1981, after 25 months, the private sector job market had not only bottomed out after just 14 months, it had returned to pre-recession levels after 25 months.

    White House, June 2002: “The tax cut helped shorten the duration and impact of the recession.”

    Reality, April 2003: The NBER, the official arbiter of recessions, has yet to agree this recession is even over yet over two years after it began because of conflicting signals from the economy.

    White House, June 2002: “Economic growth has returned: 5.6% in the first quarter of 2002 compared to 1.2% in 2001.”

    Reality, April 2003: The economy grew only 1.4% for 4Q2002 and is predicted to only grow 1.8% for 1Q2003. Total growth for the year 2003 is predicted to be only around 2.5%, again, far less than the 3% required to create jobs and provide sustainable growth.

    White House, June 2002: “If Congress holds spending to the Presidents budget, we will return to a budget surplus by 2005.”

    Reality, April 2003: The president’s budget this year projects deficits of $300 to $400 billion for this year and next, before war costs, new tax cuts, and new spending plans (Medicare, prescription drugs, homeland security) are fully factored in. Furthermore, CBO projects the budget is not projected to return to surplus until at least 2008, and at least 2012 if the Social Security surplus is not included in the estimates.

  • InMarin

    More disinformation:

    How does Bush rhetoric match reality?

    All White House quotes come from this White House release from June 7, 2002.

    White House, June 2002: “One year after President Bush signed the tax cut into law, the economy is growing, consumer spending is up and America is on the path to economic recovery.”

    Reality, April 2003: Almost two years after the tax cut, the opposite is true. The economy is now barely growing, far less than the required 3% growth needed to create jobs and provide sustainable growth. The economy looks shaky as jobless claims remain above 400,000, the unemployment rate refuses to drop, the percentage of the population in the labor force continues to shrink, the deficit continues to expand, industrial production and retail sales continue to shrink, the stock market is unable to recover and stay at previous levels and consumer confidence remains at all time lows.

    White House, June 2002: “The tax cut will help create 800,000 jobs by the end of 2002.”

    Reality, April 2003: From June 2002 onwards, the economy lost 185,000 private sector jobs by the end of 2002, and has lost an additional 243,000 private sector jobs so far in 2003. This brings the total private sector job losses since the recession began in March 2001 to 2,629,000. This is the worst performing job market in modern American economic history. 25 months after the recession, the private sector job market has yet to bottom out. In the 1990-1991 recession, the private sector job market bottomed out after 20 months. In 1981, after 25 months, the private sector job market had not only bottomed out after just 14 months, it had returned to pre-recession levels after 25 months.

    White House, June 2002: “The tax cut helped shorten the duration and impact of the recession.”

    Reality, April 2003: The NBER, the official arbiter of recessions, has yet to agree this recession is even over yet over two years after it began because of conflicting signals from the economy.

    White House, June 2002: “Economic growth has returned: 5.6% in the first quarter of 2002 compared to 1.2% in 2001.”

    Reality, April 2003: The economy grew only 1.4% for 4Q2002 and is predicted to only grow 1.8% for 1Q2003. Total growth for the year 2003 is predicted to be only around 2.5%, again, far less than the 3% required to create jobs and provide sustainable growth.

    White House, June 2002: “If Congress holds spending to the Presidents budget, we will return to a budget surplus by 2005.”

    Reality, April 2003: The president’s budget this year projects deficits of $300 to $400 billion for this year and next, before war costs, new tax cuts, and new spending plans (Medicare, prescription drugs, homeland security) are fully factored in. Furthermore, CBO projects the budget is not projected to return to surplus until at least 2008, and at least 2012 if the Social Security surplus is not included in the estimates.

  • InMarin

    Damn double posts (department of redundancy department). Apologies.

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