NO BROADBAND?….In an effort reminiscent of the ill-fated “push back” strategy of last year, the White House is revving up yet another PR effort to convince everyone that Iraq is in great shape no matter what everyone else says. The Washington Post has the details.

Via John Quiggin, here’s the last line of the article, allegedly explaining why the White House wrote Iyad Allawi’s speech last week and planned virtually every detail of his conveniently timed U.S. visit:

Administration officials said that the Iraqi Embassy in Washington consists of just a few officials and has only a dial-up Internet connection, so was incapable of preparing for the high-profile tour.

The Iraqi embassy only has a dial-up internet connection? This has got to be lamest excuse I’ve ever heard. It’s like they’re not even trying anymore.