Robert Parry: It’s Official — NATO and US Lump Public Relations in with PSYOPS and Information War

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Robert Parry
Robert Parry

US/NATO Embrace Psy-ops and Info-War

The U.S. government and NATO have entered the Brave New World of “strategic communications,” merging psy-ops, propaganda and P.R. in order to manage the perceptions of Americans and the world’s public, reports veteran war correspondent Don North.

Phi Beta Iota: American (and hence European) understanding of — and practice of — “Strategic Communications” within which all these elements are now lumped — is juvenile.  We are immature to the point of being at best unprofessional and at worst clinically and criminally insane, beginning with an intelligence community that is simply not serious — all waste, no decision-support.Let’s start with the fact that we are our own worst enemy, and that poverty, infectious disease, and environmental degradation are vastly greater threats to humanity than our contrived elective wars.  Then, completely apart from the precepts of history documented by Will and Ariel Durant (“morality is a strategic asset”), we have the fact is that as long as you lie to yourself and to others you are destined to fail in the long-term. Lies are transient. It just breaks our heart to see the US Government and NATO be so stupid.  The truth at any cost lowers all others costs.

See Especially:

BOOK: Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time

BOOK: The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political–Citizen’s Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption

Graphic: World Views on Top Threat

Review: A More Secure World–Our Shared Responsibility–Report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

Review: High Noon–Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them

Review: Lessons of History (First Edition)

Review: Transforming the Dream – Ecologism and the Shaping of an Alternative American Vision

Review: Truth – Philosophy in Transit

See Also:

Information Operations @ Phi Beta Iota

PSYOP @ Phi Beta Iota

Public Relations @ Phi Beta Iota

Strategic Communication @ Phi Beta Iota

Truth @ Phi Beta Iota