Also dubbed "Comical Ali," al-Sahaf conducted press conferences during the US invasion of Iraq. And it became very evident that al-Sahaf's public relations strategy was simple: Deny everything. WMD's, the success of the invading forces, the fact that Baghdad was under siege right outside the press conference, everything.
"What oil wells? Those are fire mines."
While his wish was actually to be an English teacher, al-Sahaf put his linguistic skills to the delicate art of propaganda, and the Western press lapped it up, laughing all the way.
So What Went Wrong?
This guy would have written the Book of Wrong, if he weren't guaranteed to accidentally stab himself in the eye with the pencil. His brain was connected to his mouth by way of crazy straws, and he had the habit of cheering up the enemy by just opening it.
Some of his greatest quotes can be found in this compilation on Youtube, but we have our own favorites:
"We are not afraid of the Americans. Allah has condemned them. They are stupid. They are stupid... and they are condemned."
"Our initial assessment is that they will all die."
"They are suffering from shock. And awe. Ok."
"They are a superpower of villains. Really. They are a superpower of Al Capone."
"We have them surrounded in their tanks"
We're pretty sure Steven Seagal has said at least three of those in his movies.
Don't forget, he was the Iraq Information Minister. While that sounds like a job in the Ministry of Truth, this guy was the voice of a whole country. Wars were won and lost on this kind of thing. George Bush was once asked whether the guy was a plant, as his insane ramblings only succeeded in making the US look good. He got the hell out of Baghdad the day before the city fell, though continued to make appearances on TV in the Middle East, presumably claiming he still had the upper hand.
He was like the real-life equivalent of Mumm-Ra.
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