November 30, 2006

Hadley memo described Maliki as mildly autistic

Posted in political satire at 6:15 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Paula Berrer

A widely quoted memo, leaked to the press and describing Iraqi Prime Minister and his efforts with the elected Iraqi parliamentimages4.jpg, also described the Prime Minister as someone who is also “mildly autistic, (if not) suffering from some form of attention deficit disorder.”

The original excerpts of the memo stated: “His intentions seem good when he talks with Americans, and sensitive reporting suggests he is trying to stand up to the Shia hierarchy and force positive change. But the reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action.” However, the other passages have since been made available, and place the previously leaked portions into a different context. They state “The other possibility is that the Prime Minister is mildly autistic, or suffering from some form of attention deficit disorder.”

“These are my conclusions, based on high level talks with the Prime Minister and his advisors, and though I have kept this somewhat close to the vest, I have not ruled out suggesting Lithium or Ritalin, or some other way to bring him along as a penultimate step before entertaining new leadership in the country.”

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