Thursday, May 19, 2005

Military Media Manipulation

The headline this morning read:
Iraqi Terror Group Plans More Bombings

And the article started:
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The leaders of Iraq's most notorious terrorist group recently held a secret meeting in neighboring Syria, where they plotted the recent wave of insurgent violence that has killed hundreds of people and was intended to break the postelection lull in violence, a top U.S. military official said.
Have you ever had that uncomfortable discussion with your boss about raises where he/she tries to lie about the economy just not being right so the company can't give you a 4% cost of living adjustment? But since you've been sleeping with Agnes in Payroll, you happen to know that your boss got an 8% raise, a $10k bonus for the work you did last quarter, and he/she got to spend a week last winter at the corporate condo in Vail, all lift fees paid. While you listen and accept the fact that you won't be able to buy your son a new bike this summer, you get that uneasy feeling in your lower bowels that feels like diarrhea but is really supressed rage.

This article, as simple as it is, makes me feel that way. Do they really think we're THAT stupid not to know the purpose of this concocted drivel, spoon-fed to the media?
Breaking it down:
If it was a secret meeting, how do we know where it was, who was there, and what they talked about? Is our intelligence that good? Not according the past three years of commissions on the quality of our intelligence gathering machine. AND if we knew where this meeting was being held and who was attending, why didn't we just kill the "terrorist group leaders?"

Oh, and when did they start calling the insurgents "Iraqi Terrorists?" Another milestone for the Pentagon's marketing department reached.

This smacks of Orwellian propaganda.


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