During lulls in the fighting between the American Troops and whoever it is that President Bush has decided they are fighting this week, one of the hottest items on the Iraqi black market is bootleg CD's of the show "American Idol".
Translators working for our troops are begging them to have their families send as many copies of the show that they can. One anonymous translator said that he could make half a year's pay on just one CD.
Although the Iraqi's are risking their lives to be caught with an American Idol tape, they are willing to take the gamble because then they can turn around and double their money when they sell it to the Iranians who can then double their money by selling it to the Afgans.
The Taliban has been trying to corner the market on the CD's, but even they are being out bid by Iraqi's who are only dealing in Euros and not U.S. Dollars.
With the situation back in the United States being as drastic as it is, some of the U.S. troops are trying to cut out the middle man and reach the Iranian's directly themselves.
"What's a Euro worth these days" asked a young 20 year old soldier with a backpack full of CD's.
"Who cares" remarked one of his buddies, "no matter what it's worth we're gonna' be over here for a hundred years, we'll never have a chance to spend it."