Saddam's Spokesman Warning: for a news report, this is largely opinion. Some excerpts: "The Iraqi information minister stands in front of the cameras, a grim smile on his face, a military beret on his head, and declares forcefully, "There are no American troops in Baghdad!" Meanwhile, black smoke rises in the distance behind him, weapons fire can be heard all around, and American tanks rumble down streets only yards away." "At U.S. Central Command in Qatar, spokesman Navy Capt. Frank Thorp says "one of the most powerful images" of the Iraq war so far was a TV split screen with Sahhaf on one side claiming there were no coalition forces in Baghdad, and on the other side, American tanks driving down the street. "At that point, I knew the war of words was over," Thorp says." "Who is this guy, and does he think he is fooling anybody?...Very possibly, he is, both in Iraq and in the wider Arab world..." ""He makes everyone feel good even if we know it's all lies," says Dina Lahlou Ammouri, a Moroccan freelance journalist in Amman, Jordan." Can someone explain this to me? Some people know he's lying but don't care, others think he is telling the truth? Is this some sort of mass delusion? Is it even a delusion if you know its lies? Even some people in this forum have taken what is said by this guy at face value despite their own evidence to the contrary. I'm at a loss here, I really don't get it. Can someone explain it to me?