Earlier this week I reported on the strange re-discovery - in Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki's official warehouse - of 638 ancient artifacts that had been lost after the U.S. military delivered them to Iraq.
Maliki's office located the priceless missing shipment only after some pointed comments by the Iraqi ambassador to Washington, Samir Sumaidaie, in Baghdad a few weeks ago, in which he quietly challenged Maliki to account for the pieces that had been missing for nearly two years.
Boom: Maliki's office appoints a special committee, and two weeks later the pieces are safely back at the Iraqi National Museum.
I e-mailed Sumaidaie's office the day of the unveiling, but he was traveling. He finally replied late yesterday with the diplomatic equivalent of a satisfied smirk.
"We are relieved and very happy to know that these artifacts were allocated and restored to the Iraqi National Museum where they belong," Sumaidaie said. "Our earlier statements to bring attention to this issue have produced the exact desired result."