Thats a thread about how the pentagon admits that it basically manufactured the "Zarqawi mythos", making this guy appear to be much more of a threat
than he was, in order to "galvinize" public opinion in favour of the iraq war.
In this thread, I am wanting to get some ideas about how this sort of information will affect US politics. People are already calling for rumsefeld
to step down, if the public has a healthy reaction to being lied to, perhaps there will be more calls for that?
Also, the US has some elections comming up before long. If we consider that the government is admiting that it uses tax money (cf. 23 million for this
misinformation campaign alone) to propagate lies in the american media, are people going to be voting in favour of candidates calling for decreases in
Will public trust in the military as a whole fall? Surely this entire programme wasn't carried out by Don Rumsfeld and his secretaries, indeed, it
must've invovled a large number of officers and staff within the military. Will public 'support' for the troops wane, if the troops are perceived
as lying to the public? I doubt that that would happen, the vast majority of soldiers were themselves duped by this, being on the look out for
al-qaida master minds and dark evil cells, whereas the insurgency in iraq might be much more of a citizen's affair. So I at least hope that support
for the troops doesn't go down because of this.
When peopole were talking about releaseing abu garaib photos, there were calls for the execution of the people wanting to release the photos, because,
the logic went, that will support the enemy (and, agian, recall now that the enemy is not what we've been told, that was a misinformation campaign),
and supporting the enemy is an act of treason.
It seems like conducting a 23 dollar media campaign that distracts attention from the real enemy on the battlefield, or distorts the image of the
enemy, would be providing support to them, no? Perhaps Rumsfeld and everyone involved in this operation are the ones that should be publically
What do you think?