While it’s nice to see this discussed in an open forum, it comes as no surprise. Rather than Bush, this approach has been the hallmark of Karl Rove since the Nixon administration. To the Rove crew, “Reality” is the opponent, not any particular candidate or political party. Reality is seen as mutable, insubstantial, subject to revision and purposeful manipulation.
From the deception leading to the invasion of Iraq (perhaps including some aspects of the attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon) to the Emperor’s New Hump (the obvious radio receiver on Bush’s back and shoulder during the televised debates) to the recent “election” in Iraq, “The Message” is a dish served to an audience with an impaired palate.
In this media age, one message on TeeVee carries the same weight as any other, commercial or non, to an audience that has been trained out of any critical thinking skills. The Internet delivers a bewildering array of “Information” with no clues for the recipient to determine what is valid and what is merely predigested factoids manufactured to create an effect. The fact, little known, or at least little acknowledged by corporate media, is that the Pentagon’s PSYOPS program has largely taken over information dissemination in the White House.
Definition of Psychological Operations:
‘Psychological Operations: Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives. Also called PSYOP. See also consolidation psychological operations; overt peacetime psychological operations programs; perception management. ‘ US Department of Defense
“A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods”
by Gar Smith
Too bad the title is in the past tense, as the disinformation and psycological operations continue apace.
It’s not at all surprising, as billions of dollars are at stake in this game, not to mention power and influence, which, to some, mainly the filthy rich, are far more imprtant. The game has been perfected and I frankly don’t see any way out other than open rebellion. This is not to imply violent revolution, as rebellion can be a turning away from rather than fighting against, as Gandhi amply demonstrated.
The response by those who have everything to lose will undoubtedly be violent, however, as it is increasingly in the present.