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8.19.2004

Bad idea 

The Iraqi soccer team is upset that President Bush is using the Iraqi Olympic team in his campaign ads.

Although I do believe, quite frankly, that some of the anger these players feel is misdirected ("freedom fighters" don't target civilians), the fact that these athletes who suffered so much under the hand of Uday Hussein aren't enamored with Bush does speak to some of our failures in Iraq. (Employing Americans for reconstruction projects instead of Iraqis while unemployment remains sky-high comes to mind.) Besides, anyone with an ounce of common sense should know not to use such flammable media in an advertisement.

Finally, America should be above mixing sports and politics now that the Cold War is over. (Well, it should have been that way as well while the Cold War was on.)

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