can’t see the forest

Halloween Special: The Pentagon is Haunted

Haunted Attic“Haunted by whom?” you might ask.

Well, duhhhh. By Donald Rumsfeld, of course! Can’t you hear the other-worldly moaning and the clinking of the chains?

Per the BBC:

The Pentagon’s new effort to influence media coverage of the war in Iraq is an example of how governments react when a war is not going too well.

They begin to think it is not the war that is the problem, but the presentation of it.

The media, being the messengers, get the blame, not the message itself.

The plan, detailed in a memo seen by the Associated Press news agency, is for a rapid response unit that would “correct the record” in the 24/7 news cycle that exists today—including, crucially, on the internet. One aim, AP says, seems to be to deflect criticism of Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld himself.

Old Don’s Bones;
Old Don’s Bones.

My apologies; that was simply too much to resist! And resistance is futile.

Rumsfeld is justifying the US invasion of mass media with his own inimitable brand of dubious logic: the terrorists are doing it, so why can’t we? Trick or treat! But let him tell it; this from an address to the Foreign Relations Council back in February:

Today we’re engaged in the first war in history—unconventional and irregular as it may be—in an era of e-mails, blogs, cell phones, Blackberries, instant messaging, digital cameras, a global internet with no inhibitions, cell phones [sic], hand-held video cameras, talk radio, 24-hour news broadcasts, satellite television. There’s never been a war fought in this environment before.

The Secretary appears to be particularly worried about cell phones, n’est-ce pas? Don’t answer that ring! It could be al-Qaeda. Boo!

According to the same BBC report, Rumsfeld said in August, speaking of what he has termed the anti-American ‘media deficit,’ “That’s the thing that keeps me up at night.”

How positively ghoulish. So it isn’t the Iraqi civilian death toll of potentially greater than a half-million individuals that has Rummy checking the fridge several times nightly. It isn’t the thousands of US casualties, nor even the insanely mounting debt generated by this years-long herculean effort at global domination.

No, he hasn’t the time for such caprices. It’s merely the fact that an increasingly subjective media hasn’t yet crossed over completely into the dark side.

These are your leaders, America. And next month, it’s your election. Do something. Get out the holy water.


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  1. homeyra said, on 11/3/06 at 4:33 pm

    This one might cheer you up!

  2. tellitlikeitis said, on 11/3/06 at 6:02 pm

    I agree…they do an awful lot of drinking in Helsinki, but it’s good vodka and that means CLARITY.


  3. M. Moore said, on 11/7/06 at 7:44 pm

    i dig it

  4. Allan Brazier said, on 1/18/07 at 1:42 am

    Google is the best search engine

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