WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 � The United States must drastically increase and overhaul its public relations efforts to salvage its plummeting image among Muslims and Arabs abroad, a panel chosen by the Bush administration has found.
“Hostility toward America has reached shocking levels,” the panel stated in its report, which will be released Wednesday. “What is required is not merely tactical adaptation but strategic, and radical, transformation.”
We spent money on figuring that out? Jesus, read a damn Arabic newspaper.
The panel warned that the war in Iraq and the intensified conflict in the Middle East have increased anger at the United States, and that people throughout the world are ignorant of or misinformed about American policies.
The advisory panel said that it recognized that American policies might well be the root of the problem, but that Washington could do far more to present its side of the issues and rebut widespread misinformation among Muslims overseas.
Well, uh, they just don’t understand our policies! Yeah! I mean, bombs exploding in residential areas, killing children are bound to give the wrong impression. Of course, we didn’t MEAN for that to happen. It was an accident. A terrible, frequently recurring accident. Well, maybe it is our policies, but nevermind that, we’re America, we’re never wrong, so we can’t help it.
Actually, can you imagine the discussions of the panel? The liberals on one side (assuming it actually was bipartisan like the article says) arguing it’s our policies, the conservatives arguing that we’re doing what’s right, and calling the liberals anti-American. Apparenlty they won the minor concession of that throwaway point. Ahh, the wonders of our discourse.
Good interview with the authors of Weapons of Mass Deception in Salon.
Part of it got me thinking: I saw a post on a right wing message board that said Michael Moore was anti-American and pro-Saddam because he had a picture of him pulling down a statue of Bush, a la the pulling down of the Saddam statue. When there are people like this in the country, I don’t know that revealing propaganda will do any good.
Programming assignment due tomorrow, so that means one of two things:
1. No posting for the rest of the night.
2. Plenty of posting, because I’m procrastinating.
So, uh, yeah, there you have it. You may be asking yourself, what’s the point of this post? The point is that I’m procrastinating, and needed something to post. Hmm, plenty of homework to do, sounds like a good time to rant about why I don’t like Christianity. Maybe later. Or not. I don’t know.
Apologies to all those in resolutions under 1024×768, the comic is hard to read. Click for full size.
A senior administration official said two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and revealed the identity and occupation of Wilson’s wife. That was shortly after Wilson revealed in July that the CIA had sent him to Niger last year to look into the uranium claim and that he had found no evidence to back up the charge. Wilson’s account eventually touched off a controversy over Bush’s use of intelligence as he made the case for attacking Iraq.
“Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge,” the senior official said of the alleged leak.
Who’s it gonna be? Rove? This is going to be interesting. It looks like they’re really gonna go after whoever did this. Took long enough, but we got here. It’s incredible that someone had the audacity to threaten our national security in this way, especially from the admnistration that is supposed to be doing a wonderful jjob protecting us (they aren’t, but that’s beside the point). This could be huge.