Kind of sexy-smart as well.
The powers that be first coached a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, identified only at the time as Naira, to testify before Congress that she had seen Iraqi soldiers remove Kuwaiti babies from hospital incubators. “Naira” claimed to be a refugee who had been working as a volunteer in a Kuwaiti hospital throughout the first few weeks of the Iraqi occupation. She said that she had seen them take babies out of the incubators, take the incubators, and leave the babies “on the cold floor to die.”
Naira’s emotional testimony riveted human rights organizations, the news media, and the nation. That incident was cited by six Members of the U.S. Senate as reasons to go to war with Iraq.
The propaganda effort worked but later the entire episode was exposed as an outright lie and the girl turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US. No matter that it was all just a staged stunt to sway people’s opinions, it helped to pave the way for all the misery and death to follow. They gave those emotional chains a big, hard yank.
I can’t prove it, but I always thought that this is what inspired the movie “Wag the Dog.”