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September 21, 2003 7:47 PM   Subscribe

Desperate Saddam Offers Americans Deal. Wait...no...move along...nothing to see here...move along please...
posted by stew560 (16 comments total)

 
Well, it is a tabloid, so I'll wait for more reliable info before I put any stock in it.

(last week at the supermarket checkout all the tabloids screamed about exlusive photos of J Lo and Ben's wonderful wedding (that was cancelled days before) -- must be tough making up stories and getting them to print before the truth happens)
posted by mathowie at 8:30 PM on September 21, 2003


400 pound baby is love child of Elvis and Hillary! Sir Edmund Hillary, who married Elvis last week in Toronto! And we have photos of it all.
posted by billsaysthis at 8:38 PM on September 21, 2003


NewsFilter!

Er...I mean...TabloidFilter!

Still, it will be interesting to see if this story develops "legs" and gains credibility.
posted by davidmsc at 8:44 PM on September 21, 2003


I blindingly believe it so much that nobody can tell me its not true. Nobody!
posted by Keyser Soze at 8:57 PM on September 21, 2003


presently, we seem to be mapping the outer limits of the sundaymirror.co.uk's webserving capabilities.
posted by quonsar at 9:16 PM on September 21, 2003


the outer limits

I've got the horizontal!!
posted by WolfDaddy at 9:37 PM on September 21, 2003


Come on. Not that I put too much faith in tabloids, here or there (though the line distinguishing yellow journalism from the rest is blurring more and more, I'd say...), BUT
You can't convince me that taking Saddam by force would be better than negotiating with him for his surrender. Given the chance, the administration should jump at it. Just think of the number of fanatics it would disempower. If I were a statistician, I'd wager the lives of american troops that alone would save is substantial.

If we triangulated his position, we'd just blow the shit out of the area, no? Squish him like a bug, and then people could deny it he was there, that he was killed, etc...

His surrender would show him to all that he's gone, which is really the hump that the populace needs to get on with their lives and start policing themselves more effectively. So long as there's the remote possibility that US troops might withdraw due to casualties, and Saddam might be back in power again, people will be hesitant, shall we say, to aid their liberators...
posted by Busithoth at 9:37 PM on September 21, 2003


bush would much rather imprison saddam at area 51 with the aliens and that guy who invented a water-powered car, and then mount an agressive expansion of his War On Brown People With A Different God.
posted by quonsar at 9:49 PM on September 21, 2003


>nothing to see here...move along please...

No, no. Its called negotiating. You know, like buying a used car.
posted by skallas at 10:04 PM on September 21, 2003


sounds to me like the u.s. gov. accepted the agreement and don't want people to know so that they can't get blamed when he's mysteriously assassinated in belarus.

i don't trust any of these people.
posted by magikeye at 1:17 AM on September 22, 2003


UK Tabloids are slightly different to the US supermarket tabloids to be honest.

The mirror is a left-wing populist paper which was dragged into a price/ideological war with Murdoch's rightwing populist Sun and has been trying to regain some of its previous credibility ever since. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

So dismissing this as another Batboy story doesn't wash to be honest. However much of a wounded animal the paper is compared to its more illustrious past, it does occasionally pull off some amazing investigative journalism.

Whether this is one such case it remains to be seen. Personally, I can't believe the US Govt would take such a ridiculous political risk, there again these are the Freedom Fries people, so anything is possible.
posted by fullerine at 1:48 AM on September 22, 2003


The byline is 'Paul Martin', and that should really have made the news editor think twice here. I'm surprised he hasn't quoted Sayed Anwar for corroboration.
posted by riviera at 7:35 AM on September 22, 2003


move along...nothing to see here...move along please...
OH MY GOD A TERRIBLE PLANE CRASH!
crowd around everyone, comon, don't be shy, crowd around, crowd around, come here, crowd around
posted by banished at 9:00 AM on September 22, 2003


Come on. Not that I put too much faith in tabloids, here or there (though the line distinguishing yellow journalism from the rest is blurring more and more, I'd say...), BUT
You can't convince me that Busithoth is actually going to try to make a reasonable thread out of this pile of donkey dung.
posted by Witty at 10:22 AM on September 22, 2003


It's a Paul Martin story. Indeed, just move along.
posted by FormlessOne at 1:03 PM on September 22, 2003


Which link was the tabloid? :)
posted by LouReedsSon at 8:11 PM on September 22, 2003


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