Thursday, December 08, 2005

Victory Strategy Part II

Argumentum ad nauseam: Uses tireless repetition. An idea once repeated enough times, is taken as the truth. Works best when media sources are limited and controlled by the propagator.

Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. ~Napoleon Hill
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Okay not to say this document is redundant, but…

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To achieve this end, we are pursuing an integrated strategy along three broad tracks.


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Our strategy involves three integrated tracks – political, security, and economic – each with separate objectives.


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Part II of this paper will discuss the three tracks – political, security, and economic – in more detail.”

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Some of the most important metrics we track are:
-Political: (with brief example)
-Security: (with brief example)
-Economic: (with brief example)

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The following pages break down the three tracks of our strategy - political, security, economic – and explain the logic behind them in more detail.

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Integrating political, economic, and security tools – and synchronizing them with Iraqi government efforts – to provide the best post-conflict operations possible.

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Our strategy for victory along the political, security, and economic tracks incorporates every aspect of American
power.


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Our strategy is comprehensive, and relies on a sustained and courageous effort by hundreds of thousands of Americans and Coalition partners, military and civilian, in the security, political, economic, and diplomatic realms.

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To organize these efforts, we have broken down our political/security/economic strategy into eight pillars or strategic objectives.

REMEMBER:
The best propaganda omits rather than invents. ~Mason Cooley


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The political track of our strategy is based on six core assumptions.

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The security track is based on six core assumptions

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The economic track is based on six core assumption.

Convenient how that worked out eh?

And let’s not forget the sure tell sign of winning the war on terror as elucidated on page 24:

Today in Iraq there are more than 3 million cell phone subscribers. In 2003 there were virtually none.

Well, A-FUCKING-MEN, we only had to lose over 2,000 American soldiers so Iraq could have cell phones. Kudos to verizon, sprint, and cingular.

Oh, and PS:

As to the situation with infrastructure and services for Iraq, the United States, of course, has devoted $18.6 billion to reconstruction in Iraq.
~C. Rice, page 31

How much of that infrastructure did we destroy in bombings? Doesn’t seem like an efficient process. Hey let’s go bomb the hell out of Iraq than boast about how much we, as humanitarians and champions of liberty, invest in building their infrastructure!

But hey just remember the words of our President:

America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, to attain their own freedom and to make their own way.”
-President George W. Bush, January 2005, page 35

HA!

Click ME: Hitler & Propaganda

Hitler, among others, emphasized the need for repetition in propaganda. "Now the purpose of propaganda is not continually to produce interesting changes for the few blasé little masters, but to convince; that is, to convince the masses. The masses, however, with their inertia, always need a certain time before they are ready even to notice a thing, and they will lend their memories only to the thousand fold repetition of the most simple ideas." (Hitler, A. Mein Kampf. New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1939, p. 239)

Questioning the National Strategy for Victory in Iraq (Part 1)

Questions about the executive summary of the recently released National Strategy for Victory in Iraq:

QUOTES ON STAGES OF THE WAR
Short term: Iraq is making steady progress in fighting terrorists
Medium term: Iraq is in the lead defeating terrorists
Long term: Iraq is peaceful…and a full partner in the global war on
Terrorism


Okay, so when before the war did our executive administration ever tell us that we were going to war in Iraq to aid Iraqis in fighting terrorism? I heard weapons of mass destruction, removing a dictator, and the dissemination of democracy, but I never recall hearing that Iraq needed help fighting terrorism. Actually, I do believe that the terrorist attacks in Iraq, i.e. car bombs, roadside bombings, kidnappings an etc. did not begin until after U.S. military campaigns in Iraq began. Am I reading this correctly? Does this say that our goal in Iraq was to help fight something that didn’t exist until after we went there?


QUOTES ON VICTORY BEING VITAL

Iraq is the central front in the global war on terror.

Okay, why?

Iraq would become a safe haven from which terrorists could plan attacks
against America, American interests abroad, and our allies.


Oh you mean like Saudi Arabia, which is where just about all the 9/11 attackers came from and planned their mission from? What are we doing there? Oh yeah—nothing.

The fate of the greater Middle East – which will have a profound and lasting
impact on American security – hangs in the balance.


Is it just me, or does that imply an imperialist agenda to you, i.e. lets transform Iraq into a paradigm of Western ideology and then help it spread that ideology to the other countries in the region. After all, doesn’t this boil down to a culture war? Isn’t Bush really saying that the real problem is that our two cultures are helplessly irreconcilable; that as long as their culture exists then ours will be threatened by terrorism, so we are going to go in and wipe out their culture and insert ours?

QUOTES ON FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

The resultant tribal and sectarian chaos would have major consequences for
American security and interests in the region.


Again, didn’t our military campaign in Iraq splinter the various sects within their Muslim communities? Hence, doesn’t that inadvertently admit that our military campaign has created a threat to our security, rather than to bolster our security? Seriously, if sectarian chaos has ”major consequences” for American security and our interests than why the hell didn’t we plan the war better so that we could avoid internally fragmenting the country?

more to come…