The Taliban Have a Plan

From Strategy Page:

But the Taliban have a plan for getting rid of the smart bombs, and it depends a lot on foreign journalists. These folks are always looking for an “exciting” story, and nothing is more exciting than “atrocities” committed by NATO or American troops. Defeats by NATO or American troops also plays well with the foreign reporters. So the Taliban endeavor to feed the foreign journalists as many suitable stories as possible. The Taliban understand that the story doesn’t have to be true, just plausible. The news cycle is short, and the media proceeds on the assumption that news consumers have no sense of history. If the Taliban can get a story out there, they have succeeded, no matter how much the story is later discredited. Recently, for example, Taliban propagandists got some journalists to run with the story that the Taliban actually controlled most of the country, and were ready to take over. This was absurd, but too good to pass up for headline starved reporters. Atrocity stories move well, as do rumors of NATO troops misbehaving with the locals. The Taliban may be medieval in their social thinking and economics, but they are out in front when it comes to spinning the media

The Taliban believe that most Western nations can be convinced to withdraw their troops if enough negative media and dead troops can be generated.

This is the kind of propaganda that is not being properly countered, because NATO and ISAF and DoD and the Administration do not want to recognize the Western media as conduits for enemy information operations and deal with “journalists” and news organizations appropriately.  There is no stomach for such a confrontation.  The counterinsurgents fear the media’s vengence.  The negative publicity the media can dish out against the counterinsurgents deters them from taking actions which would break Western media personalities of their bad habit of carrying the Taliban’s water.

Regulars have a tough time dealing with situations such as this, so rather than call attention to their impotence they stay quiet and hope no one notices.  The counterpropaganda technique of silence is always the default position for them.  Irregular proxies, should they choose to accept the mission, are free to conduct Relentless, destructive critique of MSM persons and publications until the aid they give to the Taliban is widely recognized and the credibility of their accounts is significantly degraded.  American, British, Canadian, Australian, Dutch and Romanian Irregulars should collaborate in raising the awareness of their respective domestic target audiences of the symbiotic relationship between the media and the enemy, and encourage skepticism.

Are there enough Irregulars who care about the soldiers in Afghanistan to make a dent in all the Taliban propaganda?

UPDATE:  Posted the above before I read The Jawa Report .  Go check out the YOUTUBE SMACKDOWN.  You, too, can play a role in countering propaganda through restrictive measures.



Filed under Old Media, The Forgotten War

3 responses to “The Taliban Have a Plan

  1. The news cycle is short, and the media proceeds on the assumption that news consumers have no sense of history.

    It’s truly unfortunate that that is usually true. But look at what’s happening to Bill Clinton right now, with his recent statement about being against the war in Iraq from the beginning…his chops are getting busted everywhere — even in the Enemedia. I truly don’t believe that would be happening, were it not for the bloggers holding their feet to the fire. Maybe there’s hope after all!

  2. Bloggers are the fact checkers we never had before. But great as that is, they still have little reach, and if the Old Media can be shamed into running a correction only 5% of the people who saw the original story will ever see the correction

  3. That’s true, because they bury it on page C-14 under the obits. BUT – I was still pretty pleased to see that even the MSM is calling Bill Clinton on his lie. It just makes me wonder why they are doing it. They have to have a motive.

    With reach comes power – and you’re back to the question of politics, I’m afraid. I’ll tell you, we have a local FM Talk station here that’s conservative and very popular. The local guys nail this stuff every morning. (Props to Allman & Crane in the morning.) They have reach. And there’s no politics for them — meaning they are not corrupted by the power.

    I read a book called “Roaring Lambs” by Robert Briner. It was talking about Christians needing to put their money where their mouth is – vote with your dollars. Support good family movies instead of just complaining about the bad stuff, etc. IMO, that’s the best thing we have going — taking the same idea and applying it to the WOT. We need to make our voices heard everywhere in the streets — with our dollars, with phone calls to local talk shows, with even our leadership in areas that would allow us to speak out positively about what our country and our awesome military are about. My hubby calls me “the flag lady.” People notice when you wear patriotic clothes – it’s just another way to make a statement.

    Sorry for the rambling. I guess I’m cheerleading mode! 😀