Jeff Stein reports that the CIA in 2003 considered making a fake sex tape of the Iraqi dictator with a teenage boy as a way to discredit him:

The ideas were patently ridiculous, said the other former agency officer. “They came from people whose careers were spent in Latin America or East Asia” and didn’t understand the cultural nuances of the region. “Saddam playing with boys would have no resonance in the Middle East -- nobody cares,” agreed a third former CIA official with extensive experience in the region. “Trying to mount such a campaign would show a total misunderstanding of the target. We always mistake our own taboos as universal when, in fact, they are just our taboos.”

South Park got there first, of course.

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