Jack Murtha, ex-Marine ‘rat politician, and Linda S. Heard, Brit expat Arabist Jihadi mouthpiece, having abandoned the Tet template for Iraq, are now collaborating on a remake of My Lai, with the objective of demonizing the United States Marine Corps, horrifying the American people, inciting the Muslims to riot, and forcing premature withdrawal from Iraq.
According to Joint Publication 3-13, psychological operations are 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 psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives.
To Linda Heard, a subject of the Queen, Americans are a foreign target audience. I had never heard of Heard until this post on FR, where she refers to the US military as “more like Barbarian hordes than a well-trained army.” Turns out she has made a career as a pro-Palestinian polemicist and Jihadi apologist, churning out execrable dreck for English-language Middle East outlets like al Jazeera. Being noticed on FR likely got her more attention than she’s used to, and now she’s whining how shameful it all is.
Murtha aids and abets this enemy information operator. The Mohammed Cartoon Riots have petered out. The Haditha Riots are being fomented now.
At this point, I don’t know much about what happened at Haditha. The people who really know aren’t talking, and the people doing the most talking are preparing the IO battlespace for My Lai Redux. Some of what the talkers say may be true but I’ll need corroboration before I believe it. I’m not taking Jack and Linda’s word for it.
RULE 303 is a defense I hope not to see attempted at any courts martial arising out of Haditha.
Cori Dauber has Linda pegged in So, Haditha:
The propagandists will say, “we always told you the Americans were really heartless killers, and now you have your proof.”
And we will say, “that was one small group under bad leaders, and two incidents thirty years apart.”
And they will say, “it could happen again at any moment because Haditha was when their true nature was revealed.” (If we’re lucky. If we aren’t they’ll just gin up more examples.)