AGRICULTURE AND THE WAR….Years ago the Washington Monthly used to have a “Memo of the Month” feature, usually some sterling example of bureaucratese submitted by someone in Charlie Peters’s far flung network of agency pals. We don’t do that anymore, but Al Kamen keeps the tradition alive today by reproducing a memo sent to senior muckymucks at the Department of Agriculture telling them to work in more references to Iraq and the war on terror in their speeches. How? Here’s a helpful example:

But before I begin discussing the productivity of American agriculture, I’d like to take a moment to talk about a nation that is just now beginning to rebuild its own agricultural production.

Iraq is part of the “fertile crescent” of Mesopotamia. It is there, in around 8,500 to 8,000 BC, that mankind first domesticated wheat, there that agriculture was born, In recent years however, the birthplace of farming has been in trouble….

See? Nothing to it! Who says the Bush administration’s communications shop needs revitalizing?