By mid-2007, some Al-Qaeda-related Web sites were broadening their agendas. “Media jihad” included entering online forums with large American audiences in order to influence “the views of the weak-minded American” who “is an idiot and does not know where Iraq is.” The “weak-minded” were to be targeted with videos showing U.S. troops under fire and with false messages purportedly from American soldiers and their families lamenting their involvement in the Iraq war. At the same time, Web forums for Islamist audiences featured information gleaned from Western news reports, such as poll results showing lack of public support for the war and, occasionally, information about weapons systems that news stories published.
No shortage of weak-minded Americans already primed by decades of first Soviet, then multiculti/PC/tranzie/environmentalist whacko brainwashing to be easily influenced by anti-Western, anti-American, anti-capitalist propaganda.
Politicians don’t get re-elected pointing out the stupidity of large numbers of their constituents.
Regularly constituted Executive Branch Department Public Affairs/Public Diplomacy/Strategic Communications/Perception Management/persuader-changer-influencers won’t touch this with a ten foot pole. The power of the beneficiaries of a weak-minded electorate to punish is greater than the power of the strong-minded electorate to reward.
All we can do is endeavor to persevere. Horrendous events may eventually raise the IQ-level amongst the survivors. While we wait we can be educating the educable and convincing the rest that Gaia wants them to reduce their footprint to 0.