Posts Tagged ‘War of Terror

28
Apr
10

PowerPoint Spaghetti Undermines Victory in The War of Terror


“The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”
~ George Orwell

“War is a racket. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

~ Major General D. Smedley (USMC)

Hat tip to Cryptogon for directing attention to this New York Times article:

WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was shown a PowerPoint slide in Kabul last summer that was meant to portray the complexity of American military strategy, but looked more like a bowl of spaghetti.

“When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war,” General McChrystal dryly remarked, one of his advisers recalled, as the room erupted in laughter.

The slide has since bounced around the Internet as an example of a military tool that has spun out of control. Like an insurgency, PowerPoint has crept into the daily lives of military commanders and reached the level of near obsession. The amount of time expended on PowerPoint, the Microsoft presentation program of computer-generated charts, graphs and bullet points, has made it a running joke in the Pentagon and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.) Brig. Gen. H. R. McMaster, who banned PowerPoint presentations when he led the successful effort to secure the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar in 2005, followed up at the same conference by likening PowerPoint to an internal threat.

“It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”

Commanders say that behind all the PowerPoint jokes are serious concerns that the program stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making. Not least, it ties up junior officers — referred to as PowerPoint Rangers — in the daily preparation of slides, be it for a Joint Staff meeting in Washington or for a platoon leader’s pre-mission combat briefing in a remote pocket of Afghanistan.

Last year when a military Web site, Company Command, asked an Army platoon leader in Iraq, Lt. Sam Nuxoll, how he spent most of his time, he responded, “Making PowerPoint slides.” When pressed, he said he was serious.

“I have to make a storyboard complete with digital pictures, diagrams and text summaries on just about anything that happens,” Lieutenant Nuxoll told the Web site. “Conduct a key leader engagement? Make a storyboard. Award a microgrant? Make a storyboard.”

Senior officers say the program does come in handy when the goal is not imparting information, as in briefings for reporters [many a truth is buried in a throwaway line at the end of a disinfo rag article].

The news media sessions often last 25 minutes, with 5 minutes left at the end for questions from anyone still awake. Those types of PowerPoint presentations, Dr. Hammes said, are known as “hypnotizing chickens.”



19
Sep
08

Obsession: Mailbox “War of Terror” Propaganda

It is not often that I receive a free DVD in the mail. When it happens, the sending party is desperately seeking to either reinforce, or change my view, on a particular issue. The last free DVD I received was about some mythical allegorical character named Jesus (whom I somehow entered into a pre-birth contractual obligation to worship because he could perform magic and was brutally murdered by the Romans). Apparently, some well-healed Christian fundie nutjob was gung-ho on spending the afterlife with me in Heaven. He didn’t know me very well.

My interest was instantly peaked when I opened my mailbox and found a DVD copy of the fear-mongering, anti-Muslim, terror-porn flick, Obsession. The movie is a demagogic portrayal of a fringe element of the Islamic world heavily slanted to represent a majority anti-Western viewpoint. Having studied the supposed radical Islamic threat to Western civilization over the past several years, I was aware of this particular piece of mythomaniacal propaganda. I wondered who might be behind this operation.

The DVD was mailed to 28 million households in swing election states by a 501(c)(3) organization named the Clarion Fund. The board of directors and the donors to this organization are a mystery, as the Clarion Fund refused to disclose the names of these individuals. An article (now removed) linked to the group’s website www.radicalislam.org, backed John McCain for president. Copies of the film were handed out at the Republican National Convention.

The packaging indicated that the DVD was produced by a fellow named Raphael Shore (an Israeli-Canadian rabbi and director of both Aish HaTorah International and the Hasbara Fellowships, a pro-Israel advocacy group). Rabbi Shore told the New York Times that his early showings of “Obsession” targeted “evangelical Christians”. The redeemer-complex Armagedonites are the useful idiots in the “War of Terror” brainwash campaign deployed to improve the odds of a McCain presidency.

There seems to be a mystery surrounding who bankrolled this massive DVD propaganda campaign. Clarion Fund Communications Director Gregory Ross declined to say how much Clarion was spending on distributing the DVD, beyond a vague “millions of dollars.” Ross said that “for the privacy of everyone involved, we try to limit” information. Secrecy is usually necessary when propaganda peddlers want to keep their tracks hidden.

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:

Shore and director Wayne Kopping of South Africa are the only figures associated with the film willing to release their real names and appear in media interviews; the executive producer is listed as Peter Mier, while the production manager is listed as Brett Halperin. But Mier and Halperin are just aliases, Shore says. He describes the real Mier as a Canadian Jewish businessman who wanted to do something significant, but asked to remain anonymous for fear of his safety. According to Shore, about 80 percent of the film’s $400,000 budget was provided by Mier.

Why all the aliases and secrecy I wonder. Maybe it has something to do with that pesky federal 501(c)(3) law prohibiting foreign political institutions or foreign organizations from contributing to the Clarion Fund’s operations. Given that both the producer and the director are foreigners (with an anti-Muslim agenda), and the financial backers are anonymous, it all looks very suspicious.

The release of the film coincided with the 7th anniversary of the 9-11 mega ritual, and was on the eve of a presidential election. Who else might be behind this psy-op operation designed to influence American public opinion? Israelenews.com reported that:

The Republican Jewish Coalition is responsible for a mailing received by Reform rabbis and other Jews that included a DVD of the controversial anti-Muslim film Obsession. At least part of the mailing was sent under the postal permit of Christians United for Israel, a leading Christian Zionist organization.

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) was founded by none other than everyone’s favorite nutjob – McCain supporting pastor, John “Hitler was a hunter sent by God to chase the Jews out of Europe” Hagee. Strange bedfellows one would assume, that is until you dig a little deeper into the relationship between the Zionists, the Bush administration Neocons, and the Christian fundie end-o-times half-wits (a gullible herd that can be easily whipped into a hate-filled fervor at the thought of dark-skinned peoples worshipping another Abrahmic belief system).

The Neocons, and their well healed “Clash of Civilization/Islamacists vs. West” narrative collaborators, have a large-scale propaganda fight to win. If enough of the U.S. electorate starts to connect enough dots, and uncover their crafty machinations, the jig is up. Great nations must have a powerful and ominous enemy to solidify national cohesion, and to guarantee a profitable military-industrial complex. Without a segment of the global population to hate, how can you justify a half-trillion dollar defense budget?

If the threat does not exist, it must be created. We can thank Zbigniew Brzezinski (Barack Obama’s foreign policy adviser), in part, for manufacturing our current bogeyman (Al Qaeda) with Operation Cyclone. In Afghanistan, The U.S. government “spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings. The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum (source: The Washington Post). In other words, your tax dollars were spent on radicalizing youth in a foreign country to create a threat to the Western world.

The Republicans, desperate to ensure a 2008 presidential election victory, have enlisted this newly minted secretive 501(c)(3) to provoke anti-Muslim fervor. The aim is to perpetuate fear in the hearts of Americans regarding the Islamic West-hating menace in order to get out the angry “War of Terror” anti-Muslim bigot vote. An underhanded and nefarious tactic to be sure, but would you expect anything less from a war-mongering, pudding-brained, shit heel like John McCain?

Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse towards a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy ~ Mark Poster

11
Sep
08

Reserructed Bin Laden to Release 9/11 Anniversary Box Set (in stores soon)

A disinformation propaganda arm of U.S. intelligence services, terrorist watch group IntelCenter, said Thursday it expected a Bin Laden 9/11 anniversary video to be released soon. IntelCenter, a self-interested organization riddled with ex-spooks, was discredited in 2006 when computer expert Neal Krawetz demonstrated that the As-Sahab logo (the alleged media arm of Al-Qaeda) and the IntelCenter logo were both added to a purported AL-Qaeda video at the same time. Interestingly, IntelCenter has not revealed how it acquires these videos or explained the discrepencies of the As-Sahab and IntelCenter logos.

From this CNN article:

“Any videotape from al Qaeda would be nothing more than propaganda”, said National Security Adviser Fran Townsend. But she stopped short of calling for the media to ignore the tape. “I just think people have got to be clear that we’re being manipulated every time that they issue a statement, because they’re (the Bush Administration) trying to use the media as a way to terrorize us,” she said.

The ad for the video includes a photograph of bin Laden with a completely black beard, although it was most recently seen streaked with gray. It was not clear how old the photograph was.

Another U.S. official said a new bin Laden videotape would be eagerly anticipated since he has not been seen in almost three years. Bin Laden’s most recent video appearance came days before the 2004 presidential vote and was widely credited with giving a boost to President Bush’s re-election campaign.

Bin Laden has evolved from a CIA asset to a beyond-the-grave mythical menace resurrected to control the people through terror-based fear. A government admission of a dead OBL could jeopardize the trillions of dollars poured down the military-industrial cash cow well. An alive Osama not only greases the economic wheels of the “War of Terror”, but also provides great fodder for the DoD/CIA propaganda arms.

Even for the government, all good things must come to an end. Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) is a former naval intelligence operative who briefed the Joints Chief of Staff and worked in the White House with Alexander “I’m in control here” Haig. Woodward alludes to a possible September or October Surprise that would increase the likelihood of a McCain/Palin victory in the upcoming election.

Bob Woodward writes in his new book about “groundbreaking” new covert techniques that enabled U.S. military and intelligence officials “to locate, target and kill key individuals in groups such as al-Qaeda.” Woodward speculated on a possible next target: “Maybe they can use it on bin Laden,” Woodward said, “and, all of a sudden, the September or the October surprise is going to be the apprehension or the death of bin Laden.” (source)

Never forget…ever.

I think now, frankly, he is dead ~ former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf

I would come to believe that [bin Laden] probably is dead ~ Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai

I personally think he is probably not with us anymore ~ Dale Watson, former Assistant Director for the Counter-terrorism Division of the FBI

You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him (bin Laden), to be honest with you, I truly am not that concerned about him. ~ George W. Bush




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