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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:53 AM
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Did Chimpy just quote these two "Iraqi bloggers?"
Edited on Wed Mar-28-07 10:03 AM by Sparkly
http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com /

These new darlings of the neocons were quoted in one of the rightwing op-eds in WaPo recently, too. Check out their "Blogs: General" list on the right...

Edit: Is it true their ISP is in Abilene, Texas?? Can somebody check on this? (I don't know how!)

(Juan Cole sites Joseph Mailander :)
http://www.juancole.com/2004/12/manipulation-of-bloggin...
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:15 AM
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1. Some background about the third brother, and the origins of the blog
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:24 AM
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2. More
NYTimes from Jan 2005. (How did I miss all this?)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/18/arts/18blog.html?ei=5...

His (Ali's)views took a sharp turn when his two brothers met with the president. There wasn't supposed to be any press coverage about their trip to the United States, he said. But The Washington Post wrote about the meeting, and the Arabic press ended up translating the story, which, Ali felt, put his family in real danger.

Anyway, he said, he didn't see any sense in his brothers' meeting with President Bush. "My brothers say it happened accidentally, that it was not planned." But why, he asked, take such an "unnecessary risk"? He explained his worries: "Here some people would kill you for just writing to an American."

Ali never did expose the people who made him feel that he was on the wrong side, and in fact conceded that he couldn't. As he confided on the phone, "I didn't know who the people were." Instead, he started his own blog. He said he had always wanted to do that anyway.

"Me and my brothers," he said, "we generally agree on Iraq and the future." (He is helping his brother Mohammed, who is running on the Iraqi Pro-Democracy Party ticket in the Jan. 30 election.) But there is one important difference: "My brothers have confidence in the American administration. I have my questions."
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ewagner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 10:35 AM
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3. Thanks Sparkly
I missed this somehow......

:hi:
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 05:54 PM
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4. Sure enough...
It turns out, the White House made clear hours later, that he was quoting two brothers, Mohammed and Omar Fadhil. They write an English-language blog from Baghdad called IraqTheModel.com. Both of them got to meet Bush in the Oval Office in 2004.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_go_pr_wh/bush...
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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 05:56 PM
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5. I went to their blog and did a search...
I couldn't find the "quotes" Chimpy was referring to. :shrug:
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Sparkly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 06:00 PM
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6. It was in the WSJ March 5th.
These um, obscure bloggers have really made a name for themselves, haven't they? And their English is remarkably good...
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PaDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-28-07 09:55 PM
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7. so when do we find out how much they are being paid........
with our tax dollars?
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-29-07 12:33 AM
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8. And Ahmed Chalabi is ready to sell America another bridge on the Tigris. eom
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