GREASING THE SKIDS….Via Tom Spencer, here’s a UPI report saying that we bribed an Iraqi general to leave Baghdad undefended:

Citing a senior Iraqi source, [Le Journal du Dimanche] reported that Soufiane al Tikriti, head of the Special Republican Guard in Baghdad, ordered his troops not to defend the capital against attack by U.S. and British forces, and particularly to hold fire against coalition helicopters circling over the city.

In exchange, Le Journal claimed, Tikriti was paid several hundred thousand dollars and, along with 20 family members, was ferried in a U.S. aircraft out of the country on April 8.

If this is true, it’s probably the best several hundred thousand dollars George Bush has ever spent.

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