Hah! He ate seafood!

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James Bamford's scathing Rolling Stone exposé "The Man Who Sold the War," focuses on John Rendon, founder of the Rendon Group, who, well, the title should give it away.

Calling it "among 2005's best investigative pieces" for presenting "an iron-clad case that the Bush administration -- working hand in glove with Rendon's propaganda machinery -- knowingly misled the American public in the run up to the War in Iraq," Tim Karr notes that the Rendon Group has launched a propaganda case against the writer on its own behalf.

The Rendon Group's response includes eight mistakes the writer made, including the hilarious accusation that gives this post its name:

"Describing a dinner interview between him and company founder John Rendon, they claim: 'Mr. Bamford ordered the French wine and lamb chops. Mr. Rendon had seafood,' and not otherwise, as reported in the story."
Karr continues:
"Bamford's response cuts through Rendon's smoke. "The job of the Rendon Group was to use 'perception management' techniques -- propaganda," he writes. Their creation of the Iraqi National Congress and installation of Ahmad Chalabi as its head formed the basis of Bush's faulty case for going to war.
Bamford quotes ex-CIA official Robert Baer who said Rendon "was responsible for selling this war." To cap it off, Bamford produces the bill from their restaurant interview: "According to the receipt, Mr. Rendon ordered 'sate lamb chops' -- I never eat lamb chops. And just for the record, I also paid for Mr. Rendon's apple tart dessert and his coffee -- decaf black."

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