Recycled Fraud


In the leadup to the Gulf War, propagandists invented a story of Iraqi soldiers ripping Kuwaiti babies out of incubators. The tale helped make the other side seem unalterably barbaric, and thus softened the road to intervention. After the war was over, the hoax was uncovered.

Now, with another Gulf War on the horizon, HBO is reviving the incubator story in its docudrama Live from Baghdad, as though the debunking had never happened. When an antiwar outlet does something this dishonest, you can be sure the axis of warbloggery will be all over it. Where are you, guys?