Babies are still good in a war. On Oct. 10, 1990, two months after the Iraqi army of Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait, a 15-year-old girl appeared as a witness before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.
In fact, nearly everyone involved in peddling the tale of the unplugged babies, from Amnesty International to Kuwaiti doctors, has sprinted away from it. Babies died in the war, but they were Iraqi babies in Iraqi hospitals that lost power when America and its allies bombed out the Iraqi electrical grid.
In the months after the invasion of Kuwait, Hill and Knowlton assembled witnesses to the evil done by Saddam Hussein. Included among these were the daughter of the ambassador of the same government that was paying H and K. The public wasn't told of her connection to the Kuwait government.