The power of description is a mighty power indeed. Congress and the MSM give televised witnesses a splendid opportunity to "frame" discussions in such a way that the old "saw" that holds that one is entitled to a particular point of view but not to invented facts becomes irrelevant.
This week’s stalwart duo has relentlessly and endlessly described the Badr/ISCI/Dawa hold on power in Iraq as the "government of Iraq" so many times that it must seem to most people that Maliki is the reincarnation of George Washington rather than merely one of the contestants for power in that miserable place.
Then, there are the "special groups." These two words are being used to conjure up direct Iranian responsibility for our remaining difficulties in Iraq. We seem to be expected to believe that were it not for the Iranians all would be well in Iraq.
The endless repetition of these two propaganda "themes;"
– Maliki’s legitimacy above all other contenders
– direct Iranian intervention as the cause of Shia infighting,
have been the music of the Petraeus/Crocker show before Congress.
This propaganda technique of the endless repetition of truth, half truth or outright lies is the essence of the propaganda trade.
This is how we were sold the war. pl