U.S. military covertly pays to run stories in Iraqi press

As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

This while Bush and Rumsfeld continue to blather about building freedom, openness, and democracy in Iraq. But then, the Bushies paid to plant stories here in the States too. Their hypocrisy is apparently endless.