Pretty much everybody who is reading this knows that Morale Operations are being conducted in cyber space. Judging from the commenters, I reckon most acknowledge the political and ideological impediments to victory in the Iraq Campaign and the wider struggles of which it is but a subset. It gives me no pleasure to contemplate the bitter fact that millions of my countrymen want us to lose. I really do not want a politicized military, but, the military knows who wishes them well and who wishes them ill. Some people may consider me a bag of shit for bringing up the schism in the American domestic target audience that makes the successful projection of American diplomatic, information, military and economic power ever more difficult, contentious, glacial and rare, but I call ’em like I see ’em. America is a divided nation. We do not present a united front to the enemy. We were unified, briefly, in the fall of ’01, but we didn’t stay unified. I wonder if we will ever be unified again. Will the losers ever again be good sports in defeat, and act as a LOYAL Opposition until the next election?
I want my Westphalian nation-state to survive the 21st Century as the representative Republic established under the Constitution of 1787. That puts me in opposition to millions of my countrymen, to multiculturalists, to Postmodernists, to Transnational Progressivists, to radical environmentalists, and especially to the Politically Correct. That also puts me in opposition to a number of powerful politicians who count many of the above among their constituents, and to some whose notions of non-partisanship preclude any overt appearance of agreement with me. I am NOT non-partisan. Not anymore.
The pro-Victory side of the blogosphere is picking up a lot of the slack in the domestic infowar. Department of Defense is content to allow themselves to be lawfared out of the War of Ideas on the homefront, and the Other Government Agencies , IF they are really engaged, are OPSECing themselves out of any benefit of the doubt. The lack of any reason to trust that the professionals are doing much counterpropaganda, added to the failure of the leadership to mobilize the people towards a structured, controlled, useful contribution to the war effort, has resulted in the self-mobilization of private individuals, groups, nongovernmental organizations, and businesses to do for the government and the people what the government appears to be unable to do for itself, and us. Much of this self-mobilization is being done online, in the domain of cyberspace.
Some cyber “vigilantes” or privateers may have played a role in shutting down Obelisk, much to the consternation of some, and IO Minutemen are conducting what amounts to Computer Network Attack against YouTube jihadis, and it’s all very uncontrolled and chaotic and Blue Force now has a friendly Brown Force to consider, and the friendly Brown Force has to concern itself with IO fratricide. Michael Tanji recommends Brown
begin to lobby the gov’t to extend their relationship with independents/irregulars to go beyond exchanging public affairs-type data. Your functional peers on the inside know and see the value; you have friends and advocates (and peers). You need to get past the old school and the luddites. This could be very successful if you crack the code.
If the best effort is made and no hand is extended, by all means continue, but just understand that you run the risk of gumming up the few activities on the inside that are engaged (and there are some).
Lobbying .gov and/or .mil is politically unacceptable to the Majority in the Legislature. Anybody who gets too cozy with the right side of the blogosphere will get burned.
If they get caught.