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Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Sorta being honest
It looks like Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz can't keep up the joke that Iraq was a threat to the U.S.
"'I'm not concerned about weapons of mass destruction,' Wolfowitz told a group of reporters traveling with him. 'I'm concerned about getting Iraq on its feet. I didn't come (to Iraq) on a search for weapons of mass destruction,'" Robert Burns of the AP writes in a story from yesterday.
And it looks like the U.S. military can't keep the charade that freedom for Iraqis is a significant concern.
"For the first time, coalition authorities in Iraq have shut down an Iraqi newspaper, charging that its publication of a July 13 article calling for 'death to all ... who cooperate with the United States' and threatening to publish a list of collaborators' names was a dangerous violation of international law," Ann Scott Tyson writes in today's edition of The Christian Science Monitor. "A special investigative unit of the Iraqi police on Monday sealed the offices in Baghdad of the semiweekly Arabic newspaper Al Mustaqilla and took into custody its office manager. The manager, whose name was not released, is undergoing questioning. A search of the premises turned up blank Baath Party membership cards, a sign that the newspaper was 'anything but independent,' said Coalition Provisional Authority chief spokesperson Charles Heatly."