Does This Explain Republican Thinking?
Oy. Who didn't see this coming?
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged in a document made public on Thursday that information spread by the Pentagon to influence foreign peoples and enemies increasingly seeps back home and is "consumed by our domestic audience."I don't think he's just talking about Fox News here, people.
The Pentagon argued the "psychological operations" information was truthful. But the research organization that obtained the document through the Freedom of Information Act described it as propaganda planted overseas that inevitably made its way back to the United States.You know, it's more 'truthy,' less facty.
The document, marked "secret," was titled "Information Operations Roadmap," and laid out the need for the Pentagon to improve its capabilities in psychological operations, electronic warfare, military deception and other areas.I hate to dwell, but Secretary Rumsfeld's 'roadmaps' have a real habit of driving everyone (except for defense contractors) straight into really BIG ditches.
"Secretary Rumsfeld's road map says the American people can't be protected from the Pentagon's psychological operations abroad but it doesn't matter as long as he's not targeting the American public. It's the collateral damage theory of propaganda," said Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington.
Now for the really, really weird part:
The document stated that "information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and PSYOP (psychological operations), increasingly is consumed by our domestic audience and vice-versa."Wait... what the f@#k? The information is 'truthful' (truthy?) and 'accurate,' but at the same time propaganda, and they're not okay with it 'bleeding back' to us the American People?
Chief Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita said he rejected the notion the Pentagon was comfortable with the notion of propaganda "bleeding back" from overseas to the United States. "We're not OK with it," Di Rita said.
"First of all, we're not lying. We're talking about truthful, accurate information, so that's baloney," Di Rita said.
May I ask why not?
"No you may not"
Mr. Orwell? Your table is ready, so sorry for the wait, sir...