NPR had audio (!) on All Things Considered of the preparation for a highly-scripted teleconference that the Dear Leader had with 10 soldiers in Tikrit. The DL wanted to show us how wonderful things are just before the referendum this weekend. One of the president's minions went so far as to play the part of the Dear Leader for the practice Q&A. Scotty "Goebbels" McClellan subsequently told the press that the event wasn't choreographed nor was it "staged." When cornered, Scotty suggested the reporters contact DOD.
Who ya' gonna' believe ... me, or your own two eyes? Groucho Marx
The Defeatists have a somewhat different take.