Pro-American story planters working overtime?

News & Politics

When planting the run of the mill propaganda piece in Iraqi newspapers gets old, it's time for a little fun. How about an acrostic poem in a Pakistani textbook? Entitled "The Leader," the first letters of each line spell out "President George W Bush" and extol such qualities as "Easy in manner, yet solid as steel, strong in his faith, refreshingly real." The poem appears in an English primer for 16-year-old Pakistani youth. Educational officials apparently have no idea how it got into the text, but assure the Pakistani press that the next edition will not contain the eerily Kim Jung Il-esque piece.

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