Friday, February 17, 2006

And our priorities

RPT-US lags behind al Qaeda in propaganda war - Rumsfeld

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The United States lags dangerously behind al Qaeda and other enemies in getting out information in the digital media age and must update its old-fashioned methods, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday.

Well as the President always likes to say "you got to repeat your message over and over again in order to propell the propaganda"

He (Rumsfeld) lamented that vast media attention about U.S. abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq outweighed that given to the discovery of "Saddam Hussein's mass graves."

Hmm, could that be because when Saddam was killing all those people you were shaking hands with him? Could it be because your administration squawked about rape rooms and torture chambers for months in the lead up to the war just to replace them with your own? Could it be that many of the mass graves were dug by US Soldiers to bury some of the 300,000 killed in the first Gulf war? You should be thanking your PNAC handbook that people have forgotten about his mass graves.

Your propaganda doesn't sell because it all smells so bad only people stupid enough to trust the RNC minions and Fox News are buying it. Sorry Rummy, but people here and around the world are too smart to fall for your bullshit forever. While Al Jazeera is showing actual pictures and videos of people being raped, beaten and killed, you telling them "from your heart" that we're bringing them freedom rings a little hollow.

How about this for a plan - if you want to keep people to trust you, stop lying to them.


Anonymous said...

"If you're one of the 40% who thinks Bush is doing a good job, this blog isn't for you (and you're a moron)."

I'm going to cut to the chase and tell you....It's not about Bush, Republicans, Democrats, liberals, or conservatives. There is a one party system in DC, and eventually a one world government. I have one question for you....Do you think it's a coincidence the US is divided exactly 50/50? I say it's all part of the plan. We need to stop thinking in terms of R's and D's if a real democracy will ever return methinks. Then again, I'm quite sure it will never return :-(

We've had Bush (vp), Bush (vp), Bush (p), Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, then CLinton? That would be 32 years sister! Democracy indeed ;-)

elemental said...

very true - though at least from a rhetorical perspective I would rather have Bill up there than the Georges any day.

gordo said...

It seems that, despite Rumsfeld's complaints, we aren't even trying to win the propaganda war. Eliminating English-language service at the VOA will save a whopping $9 million. It's hard to win a hearts and minds if you give up without a fight.

elemental said...

Wow a whole $9 million? Well that should put us over the top in winning the WOT.

Thanks for the link, I had not heard of this, but I'm not surpriesd in the least.

A world of listeners will be losing a group of English-language programs that provide them with a chance to hear for themselves perhaps the best example of what American-style democracy is all about.

That is so true. Let me self-indict myself as a nerd and say that when I was a kid listening to stations throughout the world on a SW Ham radio the VOA always made you feel cool to be an American.

Maybe FOX can buy the VOA and then they will have a reason to keep it.