A diplomatic source serving in Iraq's Red Zone (you know, the scary bit) sent us this latest outrage from the War on Terror. Americans working throughout Iraq get periodic emails updating them on the situation in Baghdad's (slightly cushier) Green Zone. "Usually," says our Op, "the Baghdad e-mails are about which pools or bars are closed or where salsa night is being held." Today's, though, was different:
From: FDXBKBR - USMI All Hands
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 2:35 PM
Subject: CNN Outage
The cable service provider responsible for servicing the Embassy Compound no longer provides CNN as part of the cable package. Discussions are currently underway to address possible alternatives.
Please refrain from submitting Service Orders pertaining to this problem.
KBR Government and Infrastructure
United States Mission-Iraq
APO AE 09316
While this news is not as upsetting as CENTCOM blocking certain wildly popular websites, it does raise an important question:
How will American personnel in Iraq hear about THE SURGE?
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