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Sunday, March 30, 2003
Peter Arnett
What the heck is up with this guy? It's really hard to come up with a reasonable excuse for the guy. According to the
article in the Washington Post, here's what he said:
He said the United States is reappraising the battlefield and delaying the war, maybe for a week, "and rewriting the war plan. The first war plan has failed because of Iraqi resistance. Now they are trying to write another war plan."

"Clearly, the American war plans misjudged the determination of the Iraqi forces," Arnett said during the interview broadcast by Iraq's satellite television station and monitored by The Associated Press in Egypt.

Arnett said it is clear that within the United States there is growing opposition to the war and a growing challenge to President Bush about the war's conduct.

"Our reports about civilian casualties here, about the resistance of the Iraqi forces, are going back to the United States," he said. "It helps those who oppose the war when you challenge the policy to develop their arguments."

The obvious things here is that he's on the state-run broadcasting arm of a enemy government... which in and of itself isn't horrible, but what did he say? Well, first, he said that the Allies are in trouble (based on what? a week?). Second, that the anti-war movement in the US is strengthening (based on what? he's in Bagdad, for crying out loud!). Essentially, what he's doing is acting as domestic propaganda for Saddam's Baath regime. Now he's supposed to be taken seriously as a journalist?

posted by DRH 3/30/2003 11:18:00 PM

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