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From the President's radio address:
Another reason for the recent increase in attacks is that the terrorists are trying to influence public opinion here in the United States. They have a sophisticated propaganda strategy. They know they cannot defeat us in the battle, so they conduct high-profile attacks, hoping that the images of violence will demoralize our country and force us to retreat. They carry video cameras and film their atrocities, and broadcast them on the Internet. They e-mail images and video clips to Middle Eastern cable networks like al-Jazeera, and instruct their followers to send the same material to American journalists, authors, and opinion leaders. They operate websites, where they post messages for their followers and readers across the world.It's always good to see the information we provide here being noted at higher levels. (Here's a previous example.)
In one recent message, the Global Islamic Media Front -- a group that often posts al Qaeda propaganda on websites -- said their goal is to, "carry out a media war that is parallel to the military war." This is the same strategy the terrorists launched in Afghanistan following 9/11. In a letter to the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Osama bin Laden wrote that al Qaeda intended to wage "a media campaign, to create a wedge between the American people and their government."
We don't parrot political talking points here - we start them.
But I'm also reminded of this quote:
"Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know."So if you appreciate the ongoing flow of that information - if you're in favor of our continued independent "little guy" efforts to counter that information warfare that the other side practices so well, whether you're reading from the White House or some other house, how about helping us keep it going?
And thanks to those of you who already have.
Excerpted and linked at Bill's BitesPosted by Bill Faith at October 23, 2006 08:09 AM
The press piled on in support of the opposition after the US won a smashing military victory at Tet, and turned it into a smashing political defeat.
Yup. Iraq is starting to look a lot like Viet Nam. More so every day.
The idiots shutting down mil-blogs and blocking embeds are doing all they can to help the press and Moslems defeat the US, too.
Control freaks who prefer to lose the war while keeping control than win the war without being in control.
Winning or losing the war is not personal. Keeping or losing control is.Posted by Phillep at October 23, 2006 03:28 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)