March 31, 2003
British backtrack over general
"We had a misidentification of the rank of the officer concerned," Group Capt. Al Lockwood said on Monday. "What I can say today is -- and can confirm -- that we have five senior Iraqi officers as prisoners of war."
Posted By Gabriel Syme (Samizdata) at March 31, 2003 08:49 AM
Ok, that headline is absolutely too good to pass up...
Seems to me this has happened more than once. I suspect that after first scoring propaganda points with annnouncements of their capture, the coalition later found that they get more intelligence out of them when the POW can be convinced his identity will be concealed, to protect his family from reprisal (ie death).
"I suspect that after first scoring propaganda points with annnouncements of their capture"
You suspect wrong. al Jazeera interviewed the same "general" later that day. All the Brits did is lower their credibility.
Your argument is what we call a tautology. It seems to prove itself, but could easily prove itself even if false.
for example one could also argue that the Brits would not announce it early to gain intel.