Sunday, January 08, 2012

Evidence of War Propaganda in America

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

William, I notice two other sorts of propaganda in this video:

1) while the support for war in Iraq was very strongly bi-partisan - in fact, the first person to bomb there for WMD was was Clinton in Operation Desert Fox, - there is not one Democrat voicing the common belief and opinions. 2) The video also propagandizes by trying to villify Fox News, as most of these clips try to connect the Iran perspective to them.

I like Ron Paul and agree with very much of his position. What I don't like is how this video is itself propaganda. Your thoughts?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p58KzMMpILY&feature=related

http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/wmdquotes.asp

Dr William J McKibbin said...

@Anonymous, I suppose that all advertising is propaganda of sorts -- what is interesting however, is that US presidents have been persuaded by inaccurate intelligence to wage war in Iraq -- how did that happen (?) -- my central concern is not about Republicans and Democrats, but about a nation that was prompted to wage war overseas based on faulty intelligence -- the targets of misinformation may indeed be our national leadership -- the creators of the misinformation could is internal to the US by all appearances -- something is very wrong when decisions to wage war are undertaken without clear cause (or at least not the stated cause of the decision makers) -- for the record, I trust neither Democrats or Republicans at this point -- in fact, I'm not sure I trust our government at all -- hence, my interest in Ron Paul and Libertarianism -- imagine if China or Russia had a field army posted on US soil based on faulty information (?) -- we should all be terrified by what is happening right before our eyes...

Dr William J McKibbin said...

PS: My larger concern is that the US will again use war propaganda (i.e., misinformation) to justify a war in Iran -- if the US is to go into Iran, we need better information about their nuclear intentions than simply "secret" evidence -- the US took that bait in Iraq, we should not strike on that hook again -- it's time to get real about what is information and intelligence is real (empirical) and that which is conjecture (qualitative) -- as an information analyst, I am concerned about the CIA's mistaken claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- our nation's decision-makers must insist on better information before going to war again, especially in Iran...

Anonymous said...

Agreed!

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