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Iraqi democracy getting to be almost as good as U.S.’

Posted by direwolff on November 30, 2005

Well you know the ol’ motto, “if it works you stick with it”, it does seem as though our administration and their enforcement agencies found so much success with a tactic they used in our country that they’re now using it in Iraq too…albeit perhaps in a more ludite sort of way.

Remember this story:

Prepackaged News Gets GAO Rebuke
Walker: PR Must Be Clearly Labeled

By Christopher Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 21, 2005; Page A25

The Government Accountability Office warned federal departments last week against using a popular public relations tool that already has landed two agencies in hot water for breaking federal anti-propaganda laws.

That was then, this is now…

U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers

By JEFF GERTH and SCOTT SHANE
Published: December 1, 2005

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 – Titled “The Sands Are Blowing Toward a Democratic Iraq,” an article written this week for publication in the Iraqi press was scornful of outsiders’ pessimism about the country’s future.

“Western press and frequently those self-styled ‘objective’ observers of Iraq are often critics of how we, the people of Iraq, are proceeding down the path in determining what is best for our nation,” the article began. Quoting the Prophet Muhammad, it pleaded for unity and nonviolence.

But far from being the heartfelt opinion of an Iraqi writer, as its language implied, the article was prepared by the United States military as part of a multimillion-dollar covert campaign to plant paid propaganda in the Iraqi news media and pay friendly Iraqi journalists monthly stipends, military contractors and officials said.

I guess the lesson our government wants to teach Iraq is that democracy has to be built on lies…look, it worked in this country.

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