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This morning’s news is filled with discussion about a January memo from Defense Secy. Robert Gates that says the U.S. needs a long term strategy in the middle east. What’s missing from the coverage is that Pentagon insiders actually refer to such a call to action as the “Long War” strategy — one that postulates the U.S. may be engaged in military action in the Middle East for another 60 to 80 years.
Is a “Long War” what you want? Is this what America wants? Below is my blog entry from Mar. 31, with a link to a story that outlines the situation. Indeed it looks like the Pentagon is now launching a public relations effort to try to “engineer the consent of the public” for their strategy.
Do you want military engagement in the Middle East for more than another half century?

Time to speak up.

March 31, 2010 in Congress, Draft, Iraq War, News Media, Politics, Security, public relations | 1 comment (Edit)
Check out this disturbingly provocative story for an analysis of the Pentagon’s apparent long-term strategy.

It reminds me of a private presentation I attended that Colin Powell gave after the Gulf War of the early 90s, in which he said one of the Pentagon’s problems was that it no longer had a pervasive enemy as the U.S. had with the old Soviet Union in the Cold War. So it would be difficult to focus our defense development efforts.

Well, now, apparently the Pentagon has crafted the future, with their Long War scenario.

Why don’t we hear more about this in the press? Why isn’t Congress debating it?

Perhaps it’s because the Pentagon planners think public opinion is something to be manipulated, rather than sought out. This is the dark side of what was once a popular definition of public relations: the engineering of consent.

However, in a democracy, even a representative democracy like our own, public opinion matters.

For the sake of this and future generations, look into this and start by going into the story at this website. Then, ask questions until you get answers.

April 2010

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