[Boston Globe, via Travelers Diagram, et al]

''The President looks in the mirror and speaks
His shirts are clean but his country reeks
Unpaid bills
Afghanistan hills.''

These pointedly political lyrics to ''Bombs Away,'' a song on The Police's 1980 album ''Zenyatta Mondatta,'' were penned by the New Wave band's drummer Stewart Copeland, who knew exactly what he was talking about. Born in 1952 and raised in the Middle East, Stewart is the son of Miles Copeland, a notorious American CIA agent. According to a report on the Saddam Hussein-CIA connection issued earlier this month by United Press International, in the early 1960s Miles Copeland was frequently in contact with the future Iraqi president, who'd been smuggled into Cairo with CIA assistance after his failed assassination attempt on Iraq's prime minister.

Read Richard Sale's UPI story.
Read Miles Copeland's 1974 "humintel classic," Without Cloak or Dagger: The Truth About the New Espionage.
Decipher another line from "Bombs Away," courtesy the Sting, etc. lyrics archive: "The general only wants to teach France to dance"
Buy the CD (In the off chance this wasn't the first CD you bought when you started replacing your tape collection)

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