PROPAGANDA THUD

Leave it to the Pentagon to make a daring rescue of an American POW a disappointment. By calling a middle-of-the-night local time press conference and then dragging it out well over an hour before actually making the announcement, they did just that. Shepard Smith was virtually peeing his pants with excitement about the “big news.” I was expecting that Saddam’s body had been found, the Iraqis had surrendered, or something HUGE. By raising expectations to a fever pitch, this good news seemed like a letdown.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.