CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O HAS LATELY BEEN SHARING ALL OF HIS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE WITH THE RUSSIANS WHILE TELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOTHING.
WHILE SOME ARGUE THIS IS A CAMPAIGN MISTAKE, DAVID AXELROD INSISTS THIS IS A NEW MODEL FOR INCOME.
"WHAT WE'LL DO," EXPLAINED AXELROD, "IS CHARGE AMERICANS TO KNOW THE PLATFORM. WANT TO KNOW OUR STANCE ON ABORTION? PAY $350. THE ENVIRONMENT? $400. AND EACH PERSON WHO PAYS WILL HAVE TO FIRST SIGN A NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT. WITH ALL THE INTEREST IN BARRY O, WE'RE CONVINCED THIS WILL MAKE US BILLIONS!"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Maha al-Douri, a lawmaker and a member of the al-Sadr movement, said Michael had been in captivity for nine months. A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said officials were working "to verify the information regarding the alleged U.S. captive."
A Pentagon official said the Defense Department is also looking into the reports, but added that to the best of defense officials' knowledge, no active duty military person has been missing in Iraq.
The website of the Defense Prisoner Of War/ Missing Personnel Office on Saturday showed three Defense Department contractors as still missing from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Michael was not among them.
Al Mada's coverage made clear that the Sadr brigade considers him a soldier and states they captured a US soldier (not contractor) and they state he took part in the 2004 attack on Najaf and Sadr City as well as 2008 attacks in southern and Central Iraq -- what is known as the Charge of the Knights -- that begins March 25th and is a joint US-Iraq operation targeting Moqtada's forces. And this week, Moqtada answered a question about this released hostage and again stated he was US military, not former military, not a contractor. He may or may not be telling the truth or he may be telling what he thinks is the truth and be mistaken. But Moqtada al-Sadr does know the difference between a US soldier and a contractor. It's interesting that no one wanted to quote Moqtada this week. They usually break their necks trying to follow Moqtada. (Moqtada was a press created 'political figure.' Had it not been for the international press -- as well as Paul Bremer's demonization of Moqtada throughout 2004 -- he would not be the celebrity and power player he is today.)