Wag The Doug 2- The Atomic Sequel.
Former Iraqi hostage Douglas Wood has revealed his expertise in nuclear reactors and wants to be a prime player in the Australian nuclear inquiry. The former Bechtel nuclear power plant designer, whose release was used in US military propoganda, recently announced his divorce from his American wife to the Australian media without bothering to tell the woman first.
I've been a keen follower of Wood's progress since the night that Alexander Downer announced Wood's release and have followed his media trail from the lofty heights of the NBC Today Show to the crevasse of the Shepparton Football club, where a uncooperative CD player refused to provide the backing music for Wood's rendition of "I did it my way" I've laughed at Wood's attempts to win product endorsements for Coonawara red wine, lamb roasts and VB, and cried with him as, one by one, his media deals failed. His aspirations to give motivational talks on the lucrative U.S. public speaking also appear to be fading dreams.
Wood's release was used in US media as a success-story for Operation Lightning, the media potrayal of the transfer of military sovereignty to Iraqi hands. Wood, who by the combination of US Citizenship and Crocodile Dundee heritage was a useful media face in both countries. HIs story was wallpapered across the American News Corporation papers and FOX TV stations by the official co-ordinatior of his release, Nick Warner. There was confusion at the time regarding the nature of Wood's release, With the Australian intermediary Sheik Hillali claiming independant arrangements had been made for Wood to be given freedom on that day, and an Iraqi officer claiming that Wood had been accidentally discovered on a routine weapopns search. Several months after Wood's release US President Bush hailed Operation Lightning in his State Of The Union address, albeit without mention of the Australian/American hostage.
I kept an online diary of the Wood media story called Wag The Doug that you might enjoy skimming
(work in progress0