Zarqawi Was Propaganda?

Kat at the Middle Ground has an excellent post up that I commented on:

This is an outstanding post that ties in directly with an idea I have been wrestling with for awhile. Psychological operations ARE being conducted against domestic American target audiences. The question is, by whom, and to achieve what objectives?

I only recently discovered DoD Joint Publication 3-13 and found out that INFOWAR is now IO, and PSYOPS is part of IO. Here is the official definition of PSYOPS:

psychological operations. Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of pyschological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives. Also called PSYOP. (JP1-02)

It seems pretty clear to me that the MSM conveys information/news to Americans to influence their emotions, their motives, their objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of the Bush Administration. How well planned this operation is I don’t know, and who the originator’s are and what their objectives are I don’t know for sure. I have my suspicions.

U.S. military policy is not to aim psychological operations at Americans, said Army Col. James A. Treadwell, who commanded the U.S. military psyops unit in Iraq in 2003. “It is ingrained in U.S.: You don’t psyop Americans. We just don’t do it,”

Well, somebody’s gotta do it. The enemy already is.
Somebody has to run domestic counter-PSYOPS.  The military can’t.  That leaves it up to . . . who?

Murdoc has more.

Jeff Goldstein has some mighty rowdy commenters

Lex and kat discuss it here.


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