6.24.2007

The Birth of the US-Al Qaeda War in Iraq (or Wag the Dog Part 3)

With the public turning decidely against the US-Iraq War and gargantuan profits at stake, the MIC (and its media propagandists and political lackeys) appear to be involved in a massive change the topic/change the reality operation.

The strategies?

1) Promote immigration "brown menace" hysteria (See here and here.)
2) Redefine the Iraq occupation into the US-Al Qaeda War

Salon writer Glenn Greenwald exposes a strategy to redefine the Iraq War and the US-Al Qaeda War.

Americans know that the bad guys are Osama Bin Laden and his posse of Al Qaeda fighters--the folks that drove the Russians from Afghanistan, blow a hole in the USS Cole and toppled the WTC towers, but the administration was stuck having to explain a war which even they acknowledged had only at best a tangential relationship to Osama's Al Qaeda.

The solution? Make all Iraqi fighters members of Al Qaeda.

But now, support for the war is at an all-time low and war supporters are truly desperate to find a way to stay in Iraq. So the administration has thrown any remnants of rhetorical caution to the wind, overtly calling everyone we are fighting "Al Qaeda."
Greenwood and other bloggers have meticulously documented the change in strategy. But this strategy only works if the media play along--and guess what? The media have swallowed the cool-aide and are reporting the administration's newly concocted reality whole cloth.

So, we have a border war against the menacing brown tide for nativists to concern themselves with--and we're now fighting a straight up war against the evil Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Everyone we fight in Iraq is now "al-Qaida" (Glenn Greenwood, Salon - 6.23.07)

Military Industrial Complex, Propagandists and Immigration Hysteria (or Wage the Dog Part 2)

Is the rightwing Wagging the Dog by fanning immigration hysteria?