Distance learning for civilian irregular PSYOP auxiliaries and virtual information militia.
America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war. America is at the mall.
Contemplate that. Does that sting? Are you uncomfortable with the implications? Are you frustrated that more has not been asked of you? Would you like to do more but don’t know what you could do? Well, bookmark this and come back to it when you have some free time and brainpower and a cup of coffee.
Welcome back! You obviously are interested enough to get this far. So, why are we here? To attempt to harness the collective mental energy and leisure time of hundreds of thousands of computer-literate Americans in a virtual militia of volunteer information operators to fight the War of Ideas on the home front. What’s in it for you? The opportunity to contribute to victory.
Of course, if you don’t believe victory is possible, or are scared to death of victory, you are excused. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice life.
This post is an overview of the program of instruction which I intend to present between now and General Petraeus’ Dog & Pony Show next month. Somebody more qualified than myself should have seen the need and filled it by now, but nobody has stepped up so I am presumptious enough to take it upon myself. The Good Guys are running out of time. Somehow or another the American people must be persuaded to give them more time.
Americans have short attention spans, little patience, and small tolerance for failure. Any rag tag and bobtailed gang of Ali Babas can defeat the world’s only superpower by exploiting those characteristics. They can’t beat our troops in kinetic combat. They don’t have to. They just have to convince the voters that victory is not worth the cost and politicians will pull the plug for short-term electoral gain. Convincing the enemy that he can’t win works. Our enemy is doing that to us.
Wait a minute, you say. Don’t we pay taxes to be protected from enemy psychological operations? Well, if you do, you aren’t getting your money’s worth. The very phrase “psychological operations” invokes scary images of mind control and hallucinagenic drug experiments and eeevil Rovian conspiracies to manage perceptions and manufacture consent. This pejorative view has crippled US Government strategic communications efforts for decades, just as the Soviets intended. The enemy in this war benefits enormously from the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield accomplished by our enemy in the Cold War. The Soviets are gone, but their aiders and abettors and comforters are still around, and many of them are now key influencers in American politics, entertainment, academia and news media. The laws and Executive Orders and regulations which prevent the military from conducting psychological operations on Americans also prevent the military from countering enemy psychological operations conducted against Americans.
Well, if that is true, why don’t we just change the law? How do laws get changed? By the same body that made them. And what political ideology dominates that body? Variations and remnants of the same ideology that the Soviets sought to spread. America defeated the Soviet Union, but freedom and liberty did not vanquish collectivism and cultural Marxism and transnational progressivism. There are billions of people who can’t forgive us for the fall of the Soviet Union. Many of them can’t forgive us for liberating Afghanistan and toppling Saddam. We have to share a country with millions of such. They are our fellow citizens. And our military has sworn an oath to protect them, too.
Well, why can’t the President do something? He tries, but his hands are tied in so many ways. The Soviet technique of demonizing the leader started long before he took office. He has not had the support of a large portion of his constituency for most of his terms in office. He has had opportunities to assume and exercise vast and sweeping dictatorial powers, but has chosen not to. He has a bully pulpit, but for reasons unclear to many of us uses it poorly. As a strategic communicator, he leaves a lot to be desired. He doesn’t punish his domestic enemies and break them of their bad habits. He is what he is. We accomplish little busting on him.
Why aren’t Other Government Agencies countering the enemy propaganda? That’s a very good question. I don’t know. I suspect it’s because they don’t see much chance for success. Far too many would not welcome success. The President’s leadership of OGA strategic communications efforts does not appear to me to place much emphasis on counter propaganda. Maybe he is a victim of psychological operations, and is beaten before he starts. Or maybe he knows his hand is weak, and folds. Or maybe he is waiting on us.
The counterpropagandist must know the terminology of propaganda, disinformation, misinformation, opposing information, the counter propaganda process, propaganda analysis, preventative actions, propaganda techniques, and counter propaganda techniques. Still want to be one? Stay tuned.