War Propaganda from Afghanistan

Is the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan going much worse than the press is reporting?  Glenn Greenwald from Salon writes about current war propaganda.

from Wikimedia Commons

from Wikimedia Commons

The New York Times yesterday excitedly declared that the imminent Battle of Kandahar “has become the make-or-break offensive of the eight-and-half-year [Afghanistan] war” and is “the pivotal test of President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy.” As Atrios suggests, there never is any such thing as “make-or-break” because we never leave no matter how completely our war and occupation efforts fail. That’s what led to the countless Friedman Units of the Iraq War: the endless proclamations that The Next Six Months will be Decisive, only to be repeated at the end of the six-month period of failure as though the prior one never happened.

Just consider what’s being said now about how the Kandahar offensive is the “make-or-break” battle of the war and the “pivotal test” for Obama’s war strategy by comparing it to what was said a mere two months ago about the now clearly failing assault on Marjah:

The Independent declared on February 9, 2010, that General McChrystal wants the Marjah offensive to “be one of the most significant in the country since the fall of the Taliban in 2001″ and, of Obama’s war strategy, said that “Marjah looks like being its first major — and possibly decisive — test.” The BBC quoted a NATO official who proclaimed that Marjah “was ‘probably the definitive operation’ of the counter-insurgency strategy” and “this operation could potentially define the tipping point, the crucial momentum aspect in the counter-insurgency.” Time helpfully informed us that “U.S. officials believe it will mark a turning point in the war.”

[Read more at Salon]

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  • tonyviner

    We are still fighting in Afghanistan? I thought we moved on from that, you know, to more reasonable things.

    • oman28

      Yes, we're still fighting in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda or is it the Taliban ? but it's all terrorism you know.
      Actually the similarities between this and Orwell's 1984 are striking. The faceless enemy that's forever changing and the propaganda machine conditioning the people to support a never ending war.

      And the search for Bin Laden ? Try Saudi Arabia, Dickheads!

      I hope this has been educational

      • tonyviner

        I was thinking yesterday about how Orwell meant the book as a warning, yet it seems that some of these people took it as a suggestion.

        The guy from Super Size Me came closer to finding bin Laden than our military did. Something tells me that he was never the one they were truly after. I don't know, I just have a feeling…

        • Spooky

          The fact that he was summarily ignored after using him to launch their invas-i mean preemptive defense plan is proof enough, as well as their focus on Iraq after deciding to take it as well, since, you know, we were in the neighborhood anyway.

        • oman28

          If only someone had thought to ask one of his family members you know, at the airport before they were all flown to safety.

  • Spooky

    The fact that he was summarily ignored after using him to launch their invas-i mean preemptive defense plan is proof enough, as well as their focus on Iraq after deciding to take it as well, since, you know, we were in the neighborhood anyway.

  • Anonymous

    If only someone had thought to ask one of his family members you know, at the airport before they were all flown to safety.

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