Rolling Stone has an excellent (and astonishing) article profiling John Rendon, master propagandist, the man who “sold the war”… and continues to sell it. I’m not going to excerpt the juicy bits… the whole thing is one big juicy bit. This is a must read article. Perhaps one of the top ten most significant news reports you’ll read all year, in terms of understanding the big picture (and the details underlying it).
The article provides a huge amount of context for how we got into the war (long term covert propaganda campaign), and why we are still engaged, and what we are up against: $300/hour public relations consultants with access to intelligence at the highest levels (probably better than most members of Congress) participating in policy shaping decisions at the highest levels… and a military/intelligence complex that has been thoroughly privatized and outsourced and has absolutely no compunctions about manipulating public opinion by any means necessary. An utterly corrupt government that does not trust the goodwill and common sense of the American people one whit… note that this has gone on, under both Clinton and Bush.
This is the death of democracy. Without a media that we can trust, at any level, without an informed and aware populace able to make reasonably rational collective decisions, democracy simply cannot function. Joseph Goebbels would be green with envy.
Will the Democrats cut off the gravy train? Hopefully… but, what they’ll do, at best, is cut off this particular gravy train, not declare the whole concept anethema. The CIA and Pentagon, under either Republican or Democrat, will continue to pour billions into info-warfare, manipulation of domestic and foriegn media, and shaping public opinion in furtherance of their internal policy agendas. There’s only one political party that would stop this, and every reader of this blog knows that.