“Curveball” Throws Curveball on Iraq
You may not know the name Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi. However, under the codename “Curveball”, he was one of the chief sources of information about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This information led directly to the Iraq war, because the US believed that Iraq had to be stopped from building these weapons. Even at the time, people questioned the call. Now, “Curveball” has admitted that he was lying about the WMD program. The CIA and their German counterparts, the BND, were responsible for passing on Curveball’s information as true. As a result, they are facing serious criticism. Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state has stepped up to the plate to demand that the CIA explain why they did not cover all the bases. It seems that the CIA are now facing curveballs of their own.
- codename 代號
- chief 主要的
- admit 承認
- counterpart 對應的人(或物)
- responsible 需承擔責任的
- criticism 批評
Writers often use sports metaphors in stories. This story uses baseball metaphors. A “curveball” is a difficult question, and “call” is the umpire’s decision. “Stepping up to the plate” means getting ready to hit the ball, and “cover the bases” means to protect yourself.
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(資料來源：British Council 英國文化協會)