Oh the indignity! When the Americans want to humiliate a member of the former Iraqi regime, they really know how to make it hurt. Over the course of the day, news surfaced that Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraq's former Information Minister, was trying to negotiate his surrender to US troops. But they hadn't accepted his terms.
It turns out that slightly overstated the matter. One of his terms was that he be arrested. And that was one demand the Americans were simply not willing to accept.
He's not in the deck and they don't want him. 'You're too lame to arrest' is the message coming from the US Army.
It wasn't much better last week, when al-Sahaf apparently tried, unsuccessfully, to turn himself in to a Portuguese journalist.
One group that does want him is the Dubai-based satellite channel al-Arabiya which wants to hire him as an Iraq analyst. "We want to benefit from the experience of Mr Sahaf and his analysis of the current situation and the future of Iraq," Ali al-Hadethi, an al-Arabiya spokesman told Reuters today.
They want him. But he doesn't seem to want them. So al-Sahaf is now reduced to ... God, it's almost too brutal to say it ... He's been reduced to having to try to turn himself in to the INC.
Nabil al Musawi, an INC spokesman, tells Al Bawaba that, deck of cards or no deck of cards, al-Sahaf "is wanted by the Iraqis."