“You can't be afraid of words that speak the truth. I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality. I don't like euphemisms or euphemistic language. And American English is loaded with euphemisms because Americans have a lot of trouble dealing with reality. Americans have trouble facing the truth, so they invent a kind of a soft language to protect themselves from it. And it gets worse with every generation. For some reason it just keeps getting worse.”
The Times, which calls Rafid Ahmed Alwan the “con man behind the code name,” notes he has worked at McDonald’s, Burger King and a Chinese restaurant since giving up his discredited reports that helped the White House make a case for war with Iraq.
Using quotes from former co-workers throughout Alwan’s life, the Times does a bang-up job of, er, discrediting a discredited informant.
“Everything I said was true," Alwan told the Times. "And everything that's been written about me is wrong. It's all wrong. The main thing is, I'm an honest man."