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Monday, April 10, 2006

The #2 Boogeyman


Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi

"Jordanian Painted As Foreign Threat To Iraq's Stability."

He's the #2 Boogeyman, you know:
The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Osama, Saddam, 9/11.

Osama, Saddam. 9/11.

Zarqawi, Iraq, Al-Qaeda.

Zarqawi, Iraq, Al-Qaeda.

It's that simple.
The documents state that the U.S. campaign aims to turn Iraqis against Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, by playing on their perceived dislike of foreigners.

U.S. authorities claim some success with that effort, noting that some tribal Iraqi insurgents have attacked Zarqawi loyalists.

For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi's role in the insurgency.

The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.
We are ALWAYS the target of a broader campaign.
Although Zarqawi and other foreign insurgents in Iraq have conducted deadly bombing attacks, they remain "a very small part of the actual numbers," Col. Derek Harvey, who served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq and then was one of the top officers handling Iraq intelligence issues on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an Army meeting at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., last summer.
More later...


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