Juan Cole at Informed Comment cast some much-needed light on the mysteriously high US media profile the Fadhil brothers at Iraq The Model - now visiting their US sponsors - have been able to achieve.
He contrasts this with the way other Iraqi bloggers like Riverbend are ignored, even though they are far more in tune with what average Iraqis are thinking.
Cole's post includes a link to a discussion at Martini Republic which includes the following questions for the Fadhil brothers' consideration:
Were these bloggers prompted by invasion forces to start their blog?If you have any experience of the wierd right-wing world that is ITM, please join the discussion. I have some previous posts about ITM here and here.
--Who was their contact for their unlikely Abiline, Texas domain host?
--Are the brothers now or have they ever been in any kind of American pay (beyond the largesse of their rightwing PayPal contributors)?
--And most importantly: why are We, the People of the United States, being invited (by our President, no less!) to care so much about what these particular brothers think, when polls out of Iraq indicate that their blog has historically run far, far outside of Iraqi mainstream thinking?