In case you were wondering why the rest of the world no longer takes us seriously, this may be it.
In a bid to counter Osama bin Laden’s appeal in the Middle East, the CIA toyed with the idea of an action figure look alike of the Al Qaeda leader. The doll’s face would peel off to reveal what can only be described as Darth Maul, villain of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Apparently our government believes the majority of children and adults in the Muslim world are deathly afraid of the Sith and would flock to the force en masse when confronted with the appearance of the dark lord young Obi Wan sliced in half.
No word on what this cost the Republic, but given the ongoing stalemate in the Galactic Senate, it’s unlikely we will get answers to that question before the Alliance blows up the Death Star.