According to General Tommy Franks, the commander of the U.S. military in the 2003 Iraq war, April Fool, an American officer working undercover as a diplomat, was approached by an Iraqi intelligence agent. April Fool then sold to the Iraqi false "top secret" invasion plans provided by Franks' team. This decoy deception successfully misled the Iraqi military into deploying major forces in Northern and Western Iraq in anticipation of attacks via Turkey or Jordan, which never took place. This greatly reduced the defensive capacity in the rest of Iraq and significantly facilitated the actual attacks via Kuwait and the Persian Gulf in the southeast. Inadequately defended, Baghdad fell to the U.S. within a few weeks and Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed.
April Fool's Day fading from the scene, Expert says a lack of marketability is part of the reason holiday has lost popularity
Apr 01, 2005; THE SACRAMENTO BEE SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In case you've forgotten, today is April Fool's Day, an occasion traditionally set aside...