Thursday, September 07, 2006

Put another fact on the barbie!!!

It's all propaganda now. It's hard to point to something this administration does that isn't for propaganda purposes. The latest is the phony story and photo-op ceremony whereby our Coalition forces "handed over control of Iraq's armed forces command to the [Iraqi] government". U.S. officials hailed the move as "a crucial milestone on the country's difficult road to independence. Trouble is it's not true. Even the one news story I read about it had in it the facts which disprove this phony bit of theater.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed a document taking control of Iraq's small naval and air forces and the 8th Iraqi Army Division. "From today forward, the Iraqi military responsibilities will be increasingly conceived and led by Iraqis," said Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, at a ceremony. The propoganda being peddled is that up until now the Coalition (read: U.S.) was in control of the Iraqi forces and the chain of command. Now, the chain of command flows directly from the prime minister in his role as Iraqi commander in chief, through his Defense Ministry to an Iraqi military headquarters. From there, the orders go to Iraqi units on the ground.

But the key to this "feel good" story about Iraqi troop "standing up so we can begin to stand down" is that they are more like one foot out of bed rather than standing up. The Iraqi army has ten divisions and this hands only one over to Iraqi command. It does transfer the air force (didn't even know they had one left) and the navy (I'm picturing Huck Finn-type rafts and poles) but last time I checked the insurgency and nascent civil war were coming by land and not-ith by sea or air Mr. Revere. So the "transfer" of the army is a 10% transfer which is the amount of truth and fact in this story that I heard on CBS radio this morning and in the headlines I've read this afternoon.

There was a time when the saying, "It must be true, I read it the newspaper" meant something. Now they should re-tool it to be, "I read it in the newspaper, it must be false." Another sad nail in the coffin of truth and another fact of the barbie all in the name of propaganda and truthiness.

2 Comments:

Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

" coming by land and not-ith by sea or air Mr. Revere"

Hard to know what you mean by this, unles it's a typo, but I hate to tell you, the Revere story was propaganda too. The real post rider who warned the colonies was Israel Bissel. Revere played an insignificant part.

The guy who wrote the propaganda poem, Henry Longfellow couldn't find anything that rhymed with Bissel and besides it sounded too Jewish, so he chose his wife's relative Revere who was probably too out of shape and chubby to have made a four day ride like that.

It's not that you can't trust what you read today - you never could. The history of the world is written in bullshit.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Barrie said...

There are two plinths, one in Egypt, one in what was once Babylon, they both state that their respective countries won the same war. Propaganda begins with the first written word. Spin probably began with the first spoken word.

12:13 PM  

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