John Tierney's Saturday column (TimesSelect) quotes from some of the propaganda pieces placed in Iraqi papers by the Pentagon—noting that, after reading them, it's clear why they had to pay to place them. One of the pieces to which he alludes apparently describes the Iraqi defense forces as soldiers who "fight for freedom, wherever there is trouble." Now, if you're a certain age—or have kids of a certain age—you've already started humming the theme song to the '80s cartoon G.I. Joe. Apparently the Lincoln Group is heavily staffed by nostalgic Gen-Xers.