Big bad Bart

December 07, 1990

Sometimes imaginary characters take on a life of their own. That seems to have happened to that cartoon hero of underachievers -- Bart Simpson.

The Iraqis have been trying the old trick of psychological warfare aimed at demoralizing U.S. troops. But according to one soldier's account of radio broadcasts by Baghdad Betty, the Persian Gulf equivalent of World War II's Tokyo Rose, we don't have much to worry about on this front. Baghdad Betty has been trying to spread anxiety among American troops by suggesting to the men that their girlfriends are cheating on them -- even dating celebrities like Tom Selleck, Paul Newman -- and Bart Simpson! Somehow, we don't think the news will be devastating enough to make them "have a cow," as Bart himself would say.

We certainly wouldn't want to plant any ideas in Saddam Hussein's fiendish mind. But the fact is, the Iraqis would have far better results in getting to the lonely hearts of thirsty soldiers sitting in the desert by simply broadcasting Budweiser commercials.

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