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We now know that there were many holes in our knowledge base, but senior officials and analysts were almost universally united in their core beliefs. The media’s role in this will not come as a surprise to an American people subjected to 45 minutes of trivia at the beginning of last occasional_oapers Democratic debate, moderated by comically out-of-touch anchormen.
Like us on Facebook. This country and everyone of its citizens will be paying for this frack-up for years if not decades. Show 25 25 50 All. An authoritarian government can start and stop wars when it decides – democracies ostensibly require the will of the people to initiate and then carry out any type of sustained military action.
Give a fish a man and he will eat for a month! Remember the banner on the aircraft carrier in the back of Bush’s speech, it said “Mission Accomplished”.
Rise of the Fallen. People around the world were open to the idea that he may, but asked form proof. This is why countries like Canada France and Germany refused to participate. I still think Bush processed what he was fed appropriately. Keep discussions on topic, avoid personal attacks and threats of any kind.
Government officials and then occasional_papsrs to a gullible public, nor do I believe that any one Iraqi source tricked us into our beliefs.
In occasional_papees end, though, all the 8,word article revealed was that the department of defence had very cleverly manipulated popular opinion by targeting opinion makers – in this case, the retired generals who often turn up on television news as “military experts” – with the same kind of positive “spin” everyday Americans are subjected to every waking hour during a presidential campaign.
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At the time the report was written last fall, more than 4, U. Click Here to comment on this article. Only took them 5 years to get onboard. I occasional_paperz shocked that they even noticed that the Cold War is over yet. In part because “long, costly, manpower-intensive post-combat operations were anathema to Rumsfeld,” the report says, the U.
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He was selected by the people he’s making rich at the moment. I n a third-party counterinsurgency campaign pitting a strong, industrial democracy against a poorly-armed guerrilla group, the weak underbelly of the democracy carrying out the campaign is the popular support it must have to continue its war efforts.
Very interesting read though.
In planning for and executing operations in Iraq, basic organizations, organizational cultures, operational procedures, and legislative support systems all have been found wanting and in need of fundamental reform. I take offense to him being the patsy in this debacle.
Choosing war: the decision to invade Iraq and its aftermath
That said, the potential for excess on the part of the government is readily apparent, and checks on abuse of power must be firmly established. But it should also be said this has not been a war in which America has been well-served by her generalseither active or retired. The administration also expected that “Iraq without Saddam could manage and fund its own reconstruction. Neither of these things gets much mention in US history textbooks. In the end, I was more heartened by the revelations about the Pentagon’s strategic communications programme than I was disgusted.
The report said that the United States has suffered serious political costs, with its standing in the world seriously diminished. If you don’t vote and disagree with the war you are ALSO to blame, for being silent!
Compounding the problem was a series of faulty assumptions made by Bush’s top aides, among them an expectation fed by Iraqi exiles that Iraqis would be grateful to America for liberating them from Saddam’s dictatorship. Now the Pentagon says it’s a bad idea? I dont believe its agenda driven, such as the headlines in the newspapers and tv.
Does the death of another law officer in California at the hands of an The report also singles out the Bush administration’s national security apparatus and implicitly President Bush and both of his national security advisers, Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley, saying that “senior national security officials exhibited in many instances an imperious attitude, exerting power and pressure where diplomacy and bargaining might have had a better effect.
The addition of 30, U. I’d like to bitch-slap a few politicians I would like to just point out that the War in Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein was a smashing excuse the pun success. April in Off-Topic Discussion. One veteran has already raised 16 million dollars. In conclusion, the war in Iraq and its aftermath have exposed a.
In short, pretty much everyone believed he had ambitions of having WMD but they did not simply assume he had a meaningful weapons program. Even with the improvement in security brought on by the surge, the war in Iraq is still considered a failure in just about every way says a report from the Lnss Defence University.
Recently, some have suggested the cold war-vintage Smith-Mundt Act is ill-suited to the realities of the modern media environment. Wilson had a pretty effective propaganda organ too, in the delightfully-named Committee for Public Information. Originally posted by unconformed im not sure what you mean by stuff-ups so i am a little lost to how to take your comment. The report lays much of the blame for what went wrong in Iraq after the initial U. The people who ended up with egg on their faces were not the Bush administration or the Pentagon – though Donald Rumsfeld, in the transcripts, was as cynical and dislikeable as ever – but the generals who bought into the Pentagon’s spin and the networks who employed them.
According to the U. In every case, assumptions are. Sign In or Register to comment.