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The Therapy Sessions
Friday, July 25, 2003

The New York Times Reaches For Controversy, Yet Again!

This is how the New York Times covers the deaths of Uday and Qusay:

U.S. Defends Move to Storm House Where Hussein Brothers Were Hiding

WASHINGTON, July 23 — Military commanders in Iraq and Pentagon officials here today defended the decision to storm the house in Mosul where Saddam Hussein's sons were hiding rather than try to encircle it and force them to surrender, much as the United States did with Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega in Panama in 1989.

"The option to surround the house and wait out the individuals in the house was considered and rejected," Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the allied ground commander in Iraq, told reporters today. "The commanders on the ground made the decision to go ahead and execute and accomplish their mission of finding, fixing, killing or capturing."

The Washington Post buries the NYT “story,” and hardly mentions it. And they tell a better tale:

The Doorbell Rang And 'There They Were'

MOSUL, Iraq, July 23 -- Nawaf Zaidan Nasiri answered the front door of his elegant mansion 24 days ago and greeted a nightmare.

Standing there, he told his neighbors Tuesday, were sons of former president Saddam Hussein, Qusay and Uday, two of Iraq's three most-wanted fugitives, asking Zaidan to repay years of privilege and favors they had doled out to him.

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