April 29, 2003
Centcom - US has 6 of Spades
U.S.-led forces said on Tuesday they were holding Amer Rashid Muhammad, a former Iraqi oil minister who was also a presidential adviser to Saddam Hussein.
U.S. Central Command in Qatar said in a statement the former minister surrendered on Monday and was in custody. It gave no other details.
He was number 47 on a U.S. list of the 55 most wanted members of Saddam's administration and the six of spades in a deck of cards issued to U.S. troops hunting Iraqi leaders.
Here is the AP story.
Posted By Martin Devon at April 29, 2003 01:03 AM
Husband of "Dr. Germ", formerly in command of missile programs, recently head of Oil Ministry - this is a big catch!
This deck of cards idea was ingenious. I'm sure it makes a handy way to disseminate the pictures of the top people we want to get our hands on in Iraq, but it is also a huge media boon. Whenever anyone in the deck of cards gets arrested it's a news story, which gives massive publicity to the notion that we continue to do a good job in tracking down the Iraqi leaders. But also, people have an intuitive understanding of the number of cards in a deck, so as more arrests stack up people get a good feeling of how much progress we are making rounding up these guys (which is a lot). As opposed to Afghanistan where people could blantantly lie that our continuing operations weren't going all that well and claim that we didn't hurt al'qaeda all that badly and where those lies could be easily believed, it's virtually impossible to do the same with Iraq now. I have no clue if this was at all an intended result but it's brilliant nonetheless.
Also, we now have any number of ways of coming up with a full house.