Spin Control as the Iraq War Spins Out of Control

August 25, 2007 at 9:55 am 1 comment

I am thinking that the 1990s song Spin, Spin Sugar most be on endless repeat in the Bush White House. How else do you explain that as the Iraq war gets worse rather than change course and bring American troops home, the Bush administration is ramping up its spin machine?

Shaping the Bush administration’s message on the Iraq war has taken on new fervor, just as anticipation is building for the September progress report from top military advisers.For the Pentagon, getting out Iraq information will now include a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week Iraq Communications Desk that will pump out data from Baghdad serving as what could be considered a campaign war room.

According to a memo circulated Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press, Dorrance Smith, assistant defense secretary for public affairs, is looking for personnel for what he called the high-priority effort to distribute Defense Department information on Iraq.

You have got President Bush comparing the Iraq war to the Vietnam war and saying that we would not have lost the war in Vietnam if we had just stayed the course.

Bush administration officials will be writing the upcoming report evaluating whether or not the surge is working.

And then, of course, there is the new White House front group Freedom Watch which launched a $15 million ad campaign the goal of which is according to former White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer “is to tell people that the buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq is working.”

If they have to spend this amount of time, energy and money to convince people that things are going well in Iraq, you know there is no possible way that conditions on the ground have improved at all.

Why listen to soldiers like these who wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times:

The claim that we are increasingly in control of the battlefields in Iraq is an assessment arrived at through a flawed, American-centered framework. Yes, we are militarily superior, but our successes are offset by failures elsewhere. What soldiers call the “battle space” remains the same, with changes only at the margins. It is crowded with actors who do not fit neatly into boxes: Sunni extremists, Al Qaeda terrorists, Shiite militiamen, criminals and armed tribes. This situation is made more complex by the questionable loyalties and Janus-faced role of the Iraqi police and Iraqi Army, which have been trained and armed at United States taxpayers’ expense.

When you can sit in the comfort of the West Wing and slice and dice facts to fit whatever story that you want to tell?


Entry filed under: Advocacy, Conservatives, George Bush, Iraq, Media, Military, Politics, Republicans, War.

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  • 1. Leaked Iraq Report Shows Little Progress « Bloggernista  |  August 30, 2007 at 3:37 am

    […] pro-war message. The Pentagon has also set up a 24 hour a day, seven days a week war spin room to pump out select data also to sell the war to the media and the American public. The person who […]


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