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Iraqi Reporter Throws Shoes at Bush, Calls Him 'Dog'

By Reuters

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi reporter called visiting U.S. President George W. Bush a "dog" in Arabic on Sunday and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad.

Iraqi security officers and U.S. secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the room where Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The shoes missed their target about 15 feet (4.5 metres) away. One sailed over Bush's head as he stood next to Maliki and smacked into the wall behind him. Bush smiled uncomfortably and Maliki looked strained.

"It doesn't bother me," Bush said, urging everyone to calm down as a ruckus broke out in the conference room.

When asked about the incident shortly after, Bush made light of it. "I didn't feel the least threatened by it," he said.

Other Iraqi journalists apologised on behalf of their colleague, a television journalist.

Bush arrived in Baghdad earlier on Sunday on a farewell visit before he leaves office in January. The U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to topple Saddam Hussein triggered years of sectarian bloodshed and insurgency in Iraq, killing tens of thousands.


There are too many shoes on American journalistic feet!


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As a photojournalist friend in Lebanon just remarked on FB, "there is no one more loved in the world today than one shoeless Iraqi journalist"

The American Colonists would have tarred and feathered the tyrants trying to enforce their imperial decrees.

Good for the Iraqi journalist. Down with King George, and ALL his imperial minded successors.

As an added bonus, Dana Perrino got a facefull of microphone in the ensuing melee. Too bad about Dana, but this could be the only justice Bush ever gets.

A really heavy pair of shoes ...

After his two terms in office its apparent that "ducking" is the only thing Bush is really good at. From "ducking" his responsibility for ignoring the threats of 9/11 all the way to ducking his accountability for his lies about Iraq, and now Bush "ducking" a pair of shoes, he has raised the art of "ducking" to new heights which will set the pace for America's future presidents.

Smirk intact the entire time he ducked> Barb should've wiped that smirk off his face decades ago> DAMN HER, ENABLERESS !

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !


My family thinks I'm crazy when I throw shoes at my TV set every time this bastard shows up. I didn't even know the meaning of this action in the Iraqi culture, but I do relate with the degree of frustration that drove this man to do this. My TV set's picture tube busted after the last McCain/Obama political debate. I will not get another TV until after 1/21/09.

Upon first checking ADS when getting in tonight, I saw the video and couldn't help but laugh, hard.
Young daughter (8) asked what was so funny. "Well, dear, it isn't really funny and I shouldn't have laughed but Bush went to Iraq and a journalist threw his shoes at him. He didn't hit him, and I shouldn't have laughed, because that was a violent action and violence doesn't solve problems, it makes them worse." She said maybe the journalist was mad because his family was part of the million Iraqis who have died, and the man didn't try and kill Bush, he just threw his shoes because he was angry. Then she asked me to replay the video for her and I did and she burst out laughing too, but I can't blame her.

Refreshing that Bush can bridge the generation gap with such positive emotions ;-D

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !


of the journalist when he was tackled. To be honest, I didn't hear them, but she did, and she is more aware (and far less "conditioned") than I am. I told her that the folks that tackled him had to do so in case he meant more harm than a shoe and that most people agree with him and would help him out, so I hope we do. Another hero we will keep in mind.

Meant to include earlier but spaced.

It is amazing to see a journalist who doesn't think he is a court jester. The people of Iraq are probably all proud of that man for his courage. To think that some other Iraqi journalists apologized, that's ridiculous. We should be apologizing for letting that genocidal Smirking Chimp go to Iraq.

Our deepest apologies to the people of Iraq for what we have let our little Chimp and our brainless, courage less soldiers and mercenaries do to your homeland.

I must take exception to the part of your comment calling our troops "courageless" , while I too am sorry for what has happened to Iraq & it's people many soldiers went there in the hopes of helping every day Iraqis and looking for those fictional WMD's, call the people who sent them what you will but do not call my son,any of his fellow soldiers, or the ten buddies he saw buried" courageless" . Michael Perkins Military Families Speak Out-MN

It has to be said. We should have as much sympathy for the American soldiers in Iraq, as for the German troops who "believed" that Hitler was making a better world.

Every empire, and its profit hungry mainstream media, does its best to con the people into giving up their wealth, as well as their very sons and daughters. The current Democratic/Republican machine, Barack Obama included, is no different from Caesar or the Third Reich.

We rail at the arrogant Romans, who watched their "sports" in the Coliseum, while Christ was nailed to the cross. We're still aghast at what the Germans allowed to happen under their Fuhrer. (Indeed, other posts, on this very page, refer to the room full of shoes from the Holocaust.) But when it's "our" country participating in the illegal invasion and slaughter of millions, we're supposed to think in terms like "courageous"?

Think like that, and you're just paving the way for the "next" empire to extract its horrendous toll.

I have something for you to look at ... When you have time:

I think it's hilarious ... Pay close attention to my last comment on the subject ...

And here's another for anyone who wonders how the WTC could be rigged for Demo without anyone working there noticing ... Well it would be rather simple ... as shown here:

Check it out :)

As I said before , call the people who sent them into this war what you want but don't call those who signed up in good faith " criminally gullible" Michael Perkins MFSO-MN

I'm not going to get in the middle of this other then asking you a simple question ... Do you think that the officers and soldiers who were convicted and executed for doing the exact same thing as our soldiers are doing now "Following Orders in good faith" should have been let go?? ... Are you saying it was a mistake to charge anyone but the highest of political German and Japanese figures after WW2?? ... Because if that's the case you have a lot of apologizing to do to a lot of German and Japanese fathers who were on par with the position you seem to be in now ... Second Here's Lt. Watada's Home page ... If you think the above commenter should "look you up" perhaps YOU should look up Watada first and tell HIM he didn't have a case ...

You want my advice Michael ... Go get your son a lawyer ... A good one ... Not some two bit military "Just following Orders" Jag lawyer either ... because the military doesn't care about your son ... George Bush doesn't care about your son ... When it's time for someone to finally pay the piper they will BOTH be more then happy to throw your son and his fellow soldiers under the bus ... no matter what YOU say ... Or do you disagree??

but I do not agree that all soldiers are cowardly war criminals as were not all Japanese or German soldiers. As for my son , I have no misconception that the Army or any politician will do right by him, but I will. I belong to a family of fourteen combat veterans and yes , there is a difference between intentionally murdering civilians and acting as justly as possible in a situation, my son was lied to by recruiters and he and MOST of the soldiers there did the best they could with what they were given by a criminal administration. Not all action in a criminally started war is criminal, you sound to me like someone who has never been in the horror of combat, it all sucks but once you are there that's all there is. My son ,at nineteen years old,sat holding half of his friend while he bled out & died and then carried him back to base )he did not go out for revenge but stayed there another year and then came home, if that is cowardly I must disagree, but I am just a father as are the Iraqi fathers I know.

I notice you didn't answer my question ... And my question had nothing to do with any of that ... Your son and his fellow soldiers had better start looking into their own criminal culpability right now ... and not into how brave they may or may not have been out there individually ... They WILL get thrown under the bus by these guys without a second thought about it along with an insulting "So what?" ... Whether they were brave or not ... That is ALL I'm trying to tell you ... Get some REAL legal advice ... That link to Watada's homepage I gave you is a good place to start ... I suggest for the future safety of your son that you look into it for him ....

I mean ... do you think this guy really cares who he sends to the gallows for his mistakes?? Do you believe he's even looked into it??

No one will look out for my son but me, and I repeat that most of the soldiers in Iraq are not criminally culpable. Have you or anyone in your family been in combat? If there is no intent to act criminally ,unlike those who started this mess, I can forgive (as do my Iraqi friends)and yes I have consulted w/ council. Why do some use other than their real names here? I appreciate your opinion though.

With all due respect You did NOT answer my question ... my question had NOTHING to do with your son OR your families military service OR what combat is or is not like ... My questions were specific for a reason ... "Do you think that the officers and soldiers who were convicted and executed for doing the exact same thing as our soldiers are doing now "Following Orders in good faith" should have been let go?? ... Are you saying it was a mistake to charge anyone but the highest of political German and Japanese figures after WW2??" ... Period ... Other then that I said I was staying out of it and I meant it .... The advice I gave about legal culpability was free and did not require an answer on your part ... Whether you choose to listen to it or not that's up to you ...

And to answer your question six out of my twelve uncles served valiantly in Nam three were injured badly ... My grandfather was one of the marines who raised the original flag on Iwo Jima ... my Great Great Great(I think) grandfather was a spy during the Civil War ... I was built to lead but I CHOSE not to serve in the military because I actually read the fine print ... And I KNEW Bush was a liar ... and that was back in early 2001 BEFORE SEPTEMBER ... I call it like I see it Sir ... That will not change ....

That said I'm not trying to attack you or your opinion Michael I'm simply asking a question ... I'm glad you sought council but I still think your going to be sorry someday for trusting said council ... If that's what he told you ....

"War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes." - Smedley Butler (Ret. General USMC)

It doesn't get any clearer than that - everything in life is a decision, even if you choose not to decide a choice is still made - Free Will. Wherein I feel great empathy for your family members, Sir, and for all their horrible experiences - it still all comes down to a choice. There's no splitting hairs regarding taking a human life - either 'side' of ANY conflict...

Rumsfeld, Bush and Cheney try to deflect responsibility for Abu Ghraib torture by pinning it on a few low-ranking soldiers like Graner and Englund. The Senate Armed Services Committee report confirms that torture was authorized and directed from the White House. The rot exists nearly throughout the entire civilian chain of command and military.

Mr. Perkins, soldiers who followed unlawful orders that do not comply with their oath, the UCMJ and International Law like the crimes of wars of aggression and torture of the Geneva Convention are criminally gullible.
Those who [b]signed up[/b] in good faith are not criminally gullible.

The Few Good Men are those like Lt. Watada.

My only objection/question is that what did dogs do to deserve being compared to Bush? (just a cartoon)

Am pretty sure if I could read Arabic, I'd have an answer.

That is a total undeserved insult to dogs.

Both chickenhawks (Cheney/Bush) have already imprisoned themselves from the civilized world. The sick parasite is so reviled that he needs security for his security's security.

How do we know that Bush's Paraguay "real estate investment" is not another scam? He could be trying to "privatize" the world's largest drinking water aquafilter as he deliberately contaminates the planet's remaining water supplies.

Nature abhors such a ugly vacuum of evil. I pray that humanity will have closure from him soon.

"Good riddance, you dog"
Cindy Sheehan

Today, I received, by email, the video of the Iraqi journalist throwing his shoes at George Bush at a press conference in Baghdad about 20 times. My friends/colleagues were gleeful at the humiliation suffered by our Liar in Chief.

I have to say, the video made me smile, too…but I understand the Iraqi's anger all too well. I occasionally get a comment from someone that I am too "angry," and how can I bring peace to the world when I can't even bring peace to myself?

First of all, I am at total peace with myself. I can look straight at myself in the mirror knowing that I have done everything humanly possible to bring the people to justice that murdered my son and so many others: I have sacrificed relationships, my health, my monetary resources; camped out in front of his Texas pig-farm in very hostile conditions and I even ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi who refuses to use her power to hold BushCo accountable. If there is more that one person can do, I sure don't know what it could be.

I am not only angry that BushCo killed my oldest son, my best-friend, my darling Casey, but I am super-pissed that the Bush regime has killed or injured tens of thousands of our troops; millions of Iraqis and Afghans and destroyed two countries for nothing but greed for money and power. I am angry that our country is teetering perilously on the brink of economic collapse and millions of our brothers and sisters have lost their jobs and homes because of the Robber class, led and supported by BushCo. I often wonder what it would take to anger my materialistic and easily distracted neighbors and detractors.

I have met with the president and I know how many checkpoints, metal detectors, physical inspections and other extreme security measures one goes through. There is no way any lethal weapons would get through, but throwing shoes is a perfect non-lethal way of showing the "most powerful" man in the world how much contempt one has for him.

Of course, George and his entourage would have to pay "surprise" visits to the countries he has devastated. If his visits were announced, some advance planning could be done and he may have to face more than shoes. I was in Cuba last week and I have traveled the world and if George Bush isn't the most hated man in the world, I can't imagine who it would be. If he does not have to go to a prison with bars, barbed wired and impenetrable brick walls, at least he will be confined to a prison of his own construct, not being able to travel freely as the World's Enemy #1.

The shoe incident is not so funny though when you know the frustration and sorrow that prompted it. I don't know anything about the journalist who did it, but I suspect he has had family members killed and sees his country in ruins for the lies of the man who is the face of US imperial violence, to him. Standing next to his puppet, Maliki, George actually had the gall to say that the invasion and occupation of Iraq were, "hard, but necessary."

I am surprised he wasn't deluged with shoes.

How could he possibly miss from that distance. Man! I'm so upset. It was a good windup and he had a decent follow through...

If there is anything more you could have done, I am not aware of it. What the people of San Francisco were thinking re-electing the Wicked Witch of the West when they had an outstandingly courageous alternative, I will never know.

I used to always wonder what the German people were thinking letting Hitler run their country. Now I know. We have a genocidal murderer on our hands and we remain unable to remove him. Fortunately, we were allowed to vote for a man who appears to be smart, but I fear he will be outsmarted by his underlings. Change and accountability should go hand-in-hand. I'm not sure he knows that.

Fortunately one Iraqi journalist exercised all the accountability he could. True it was a "violent" act, but it would not have hurt Bush physically even if he had hit him. Meanwhile, Bush's violence has killed over a million human beings.

Cindy, While Western culture may not "get it", this incident will probably go down in Arab history for thousands of years as a glorious moment. This brave shoeless journalist will be praised and edified with speeches and statues (sans shoes) down through the ages as the one person who confronted the Bush invasion of his homeland. I dearly hope you and this great man will meet one day, you are birds of a feather , and I am sure you too will share in his highly honorable place in history.

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !


This morally bankrupt intelectual midget is so clueless that he doesn't even know when he has been insulted. With the entire American economy in the toilet, little george Stupid's response is to run around the world playing president, playing commander in chief. Please, please someone tell me, how many more days to January 20?

I'm reminded of my visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington last year. Of course, the place is full of stories of unspeakable horror. But what hit me hardest was the room full of Holocaust victims'actual shoes.

I found myself imagining the final steps taken in them. Hell on earth, to say the least.

Now I'm imagining the Pretender-in-Chief trying to duck to avoid two million shoes being thrown at him simultaneously. If it were possible, something tells me most of them would hit their mark.

Those responsible for bringing this war criminal to justice will share equally in his guilt for as long as they refuse to act.

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Placing the Blame Where it Belongs


1/20/09 can't come soon enough. The Iraqis should do to Bush what was finally done to Mussolini.

Although I will miss all those neato press conferences he's been giving us all on a regular basis ...

Unfortunately I'm not glad that the rest of us are now going to be expected to walk around shoeless around the @#%$#%$ pussie until Jan. 20 and perhaps beyond ... From now on I'm guessing they will be giving all the journalists and visitors hospital booties to ware instead right?? Am I right?? ... Bootie checkpoints ... Throw them to!!

"This is a farewell kiss, you dog," he yelled in Arabic as he threw his shoes. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."

Most U.S. accounts of this incident are leaving out Muntadar al-Zaidi's words as he hurled the shoes. They may refer to calling Bush a "dog", but they steer away from his referring to the "widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq". From reading, watching and listening to our corporate media's accounts one is left to think that it was a prank or joke.

Since the criminal Iraq war and occupation began, President Bush has not once appeared in person before the American people. He only appears in tightly controlled settings with friendly audiences or before the military where his handlers are able to maintain absolute control and stifle in advance the dissent which would be hurled at him from those of us in America who understand the criminality of his actions.

My daughter and I had lunch at the hotel grill across the street (East) from the White House when we were in town for the massive Sept 2005 antiwar rally and march. We asked our server if the Senators and Representatives dined there? She said yes from time to time they all have probably done so. We asked if the presidents dine there. She said that every president has since Lincoln, except W.

He is kept from appearing before the American people and thus gauging the contempt in which he is held. A man throws shoes at him saying they are from the widows, orphans and those he has killed and Bush doesn't understand he has been insulted. Bush is damaged goods psychologically. The fact that a person such as this could be elected to lead or country (even if they had to steal it) says much about the state of our democracy. Or perhaps I should say the state of our lack of democracy.
Nick Egnatz
NW Indiana Veterans For Peace

These two go moments in time go together.

Muntadar al-Zaidi is a Heroe! This brave Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at the head of George W. Bush, nearly hitting him, while the American dictator was in Baghdad this weekend. Mr. al-Zaidi stood up in the press conference, then called the soon-to-be-gone Bush a "dog" in Arabic, and threw his shoes one at a time at Bush's head before being subdued by Iraqi officials. Mr. al-Zaidi's brother, Uday al-Zaidi, praised his brother for his courage and willingness to avenge the wrongs done his people by the Bush Administration. I couldn't help smiling.

OK. Enough on that. This incident further illustrates why We the People must act now in a proactive sovereign manner in the defense and strengthening of our precious Constitution. The Congress is NOT going to do it for us. I love that Barack Obama was elected, but he's not going to be able to do it either. Congress and the powerful elite in this country will never let him. You try to mention true reform on Capitol Hill, and there is no shortage of Republicans and Democrats that are all too willing to defend the status quo on behalf of the monied interests in this country. Any person or caucus that has tried, i.e. Dennis Kucinich, is marginalized, their views are spun in the media, and any real debate is suppressed by our own Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Government and politics in this country are corrupt, rotten to the core. What's a patriot to do? I'll tell you what. We take matters into our own hands the way certain founding fathers intended us to. No, not by revolution. The whole point here is to find an alternative to violence. We do it by using the legacy left to us by those that risked their lives so many generations ago, and that so many generations since have defended.

A clear reading of our Declaration of Independence, our original and most important founding document, reveals the people's absolute right of sovereignty. Consider the following well known words.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it's foundation on such principles, & organizing it's powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness. Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses & usurpations pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security."

The biggest secret in government is the knowledge that the people are not governed by the Constitution. Only the government is. That's why we wrote it. Our authority comes as it always has from the Declaration of Independence, paraphrased in the following words, "and when any government becomes destructive of these ends, (life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to alter, or abolish it...and to lay down new guards for their future security."

OK then, so we start by developing a sound strategy of all angles based on the idea of calling a People's Constitutional Convention in order to bring People's Amendments to the Constitution. The possibilities for true, lasting reform, not only for us, but for our children's children, are immense and far reaching.

Think about it. What could you imagine as a fitting candidate for an Amendment to our Constitution? I can think of a few. Such as the ability for the people to enforce the Sworn Oath of Office without having to wait until the next election, especially when our Constitution is in tatters. Or an Amendment to really reform elections and the media, which are inextricably tied together, by banning political contributions across the board and mandating free and equal media time for all candidates in every election. And the one we really need, and the one the government expends an inordinate amount of time and taxpayer money to prevent, is the repeal of the prohibitions relating to the hemp plant.

Anyone who has done their research knows that one acre of hemp will produce fifty-five barrels of hemp oil, as well as fiber and hurds. The hemp oil can be refined into nearly all the products that we currently derive from petroleum crude, except one thing, they are completely biodegradable. The hurds, or the pithy core, of the hemp stalk are mixed with natural lime, sharp sand and water to give you the strongest, most durable, natural building material in the world. This would have been great news for all the people whose homes have burned down. Turns out the blend, known as Isochanvre in France, is fireproof. But that's not all folks, it's also waterproof, rodent and insect proof, and mineralizes with age. (i.e. gets much stronger) There is a bridge in France I believe, that is from like 400BCE to 400CE, somewhere in there. Anyway this bridge is not only still standing, it is stronger than ever. So why aren't we building our houses with this stuff instead of cutting down all our trees and then our houses burn down anyway so we have to cut down a whole bunch more trees! Oh yeah I remember, it's illegal.

Our country was founded on hemp fibers and hemp paper. The fibers made the ropes for all our ships. What kind of paper do you think the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are printed on? Come on people. Not enough people in this country have asked the question of who is responsible for the prohibition of hemp in the first place. And the answer to that would be the oil and timber interests of the American Industrial Revolution. We're talking William Randolph Hearst, timber and newspaper magnate, as well as the other guy(s) who dicovered petroleum on some land whose name escapes me at the moment.

Then of course there is the medicinal aspect of the plant. The hemp, canabis sativa, or Marijuana plant is the safest, most therapeutically active substance on the planet. This from the extremely well researched book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer, now in it's eleventh edition.

My point being, the authority for the people of this country to make sweeping changes is absolute, and absolutely necessary to claim NOW, when the Constitution and the future of this country are in such serious jeopardy. Please start listening.

Paul Fisher

Please enter your idea at and note the popularity of some of your suggested amendments on the site.

Thank you Muntadar al-Zeidi. This brave journalist rendered some poetic shoe justice during the President's press briefing in Iraq. Munif, while flinging his shoes at Bush, declared it an Iraqi farewell to a dog done on behalf of the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq since America invaded.

Poetic because the last time a shoe and Iraq got press was after the invasion when Iraqis hit Hussein's statue with their shoes during a staged US Military propaganda show (see below).

During the ABC News interview w/Raddatz, Bush said "I don't know what his beef was."
Mr. al-Zeidi had several of his relatives and co-workers murdered since the invasion and he himself was recently kidnapped and tortured.

Is Bush Incapacitated?
The President agreed with Raddatz's assertion that Al Qaeda was in Iraq only after America invaded. He then bumbled on with broken syntax as in "in the post eleven world" and "Al Qaeda is becoming defeated."

He couldn't even say "nine eleven!" Is this the result of a half-hearted attempt by a lame duck or something else?

President Bush's hula jaw is becoming more apparent to the point where it has become the butt of late-night jokes by Jimmy Kimmel who ran hula-jaw highlights from Bush's interview with Charles Gibson. David, please post the video.

Watch the shoe-throwing clip. Right before the reporter throws the first shoe, you'll see Bush move his lower jaw in the circular motion that is characteristic of those who abuse cocaine. He appears to be on something. Maybe not cocaine, but perhaps some serious prescription drugs. When the President travels abroad, the utmost care and secrecy is taken to ensure his waste is transported back to America to avoid inspection.

Bush's handlers probably worry that if certain medications were found in the President's byproducts it would be evidence that he suffers from a serious illness or ailment.
Americans would then question his ability to discharge his duties and whether Bush is incapacitated.

Army Stage-Managed Fall of Hussein Statue
By David Zucchino

July 03, 2004 in print edition A-28

The Army’s internal study of the war in Iraq criticizes some efforts by its own psychological operations units, but one spur-of-the-moment effort last year produced the most memorable image of the invasion.

As the Iraqi regime was collapsing on April 9, 2003, Marines converged on Firdos Square in central Baghdad, site of an enormous statue of Saddam Hussein. It was a Marine colonel – not joyous Iraqi civilians, as was widely assumed from the TV images – who decided to topple the statue, the Army report said. And it was a quick-thinking Army psychological operations team that made it appear to be a spontaneous Iraqi undertaking.

After the colonel – who was not named in the report – selected the statue as a “target of opportunity,” the psychological team used loudspeakers to encourage Iraqi civilians to assist, according to an account by a unit member.
But Marines had draped an American flag over the statue’s face.
“God bless them, but we were thinking
Someone produced an Iraqi flag, and a sergeant in the psychological operations unit quickly replaced the American flag.

Ultimately, a Marine recovery vehicle toppled the statue with a chain, but the effort appeared to be Iraqi-inspired because the psychological team had managed to pack the vehicle with cheering Iraqi children.

ARREST BUSHCO & RICO PNAC/FARA AIPAC...PNAC is Bush/Cheney's "Helter Skelter" !

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