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Has there ever been a more absurd article than the one Rolling Stone has just published? The magazine alleges that at the behest of Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, the Army initiated “psychological operations” against members of Congress in order to get these legislators to support the war in Afghanistan.
As the Washington Times observes in a superb editorial:
From the tone of the article, an unsuspecting reader could conclude that the U.S. military has secret teams of warriors employing Jedi mind tricks, or active units of “men who stare at goats.” Senior military leaders are portrayed as being out to use government resources and martial techniques to dupe U.S. lawmakers.
This is an absurd charge that defies credulity, and which, as I explain over at FrumForum, has absolutely no basis in fact.
Yet tellingly, this tall tale was swallowed hook, line and sinker by the legacy media. CNN, for instance, “flashed up a chyron graphic on the screen alleging a ‘Pentagon brainwashing campaign,’ the Times reports.
Less sensationally, the story was taken seriously, and treated respectfully, by virtually every big media outlet, as well as by influential lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Why, even Defense Secretary Robert Gates said it was “important to determine the facts before drawing any conclusions,” reports that other newspaper, the New York Times. And so Gen. Petraeus has called for an investigation of the matter.
Nonsense. We know the facts, and they are these: The Pentagon lacks any real ability or desire to conduct so-called psychological operations against U.S. lawmakers.
What Lt. Gen. Caldwell wanted was good public affairs work — this to better ascertain and address congressional concerns. And that is perfectly legitimate and not illegal. Next.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online