Dan Rather Signs Off
Hearth and hole: Nadim Abou Rabeh, an ex-Marine who claims to have helped capture Saddam Hussein, recently told a Saudi newspaper that a "military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well." Rabeh claims that Saddam was actually found in a house and offered "fierce resistance." Conservative The Dread Pundit Bluto writes, "Rabeh's story would be more credible if he weren't currently residing in Lebanon, and if the Dread Pundit Bluto hadn't personally talked to a member of the capture team (who had photos) about a month after the capture." Commenting on Libertarian Lew Rockwell's blog, a man who claims to have worked for the Saudi Press Agency writes, "If the Marine's account is true, then Saddam did fight back. Cannot possibly have that. The whole goal of the spider hole story was the same as all of the photos that 'leaked' out of Abu Ghuraib -- to humiliate and emasculate Arabs and make them accept their conquest and occupation by the United States."
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Bidisha Banerjee is the San Francisco-based co-author of a forthcoming Yale Climate and Energy Institute/Centre for International Governance Innovation report on scenario planning for solar radiation management. She is collaborating on a geoengineering game and has written about geoengineering governance for Slate and the Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy.