Psychological Operations in Afghanistan

Seven U.S. Senators cited that incubator "incident" as part of their justification for voting for war. The incubator story was a prominent media story for months, as the Bush administration garnered support for the military action against Iraq. I had been exposed to enough wartime propaganda to doubt what I was hearing, and it later turned out that the incubator story, the Iraqi threat to Saudi Arabia, and other influential stories (such as how the Iraqi army had the USA's forces in a risky position) were fabrications. While the incubator story received widespread and repeated airing, the American media barely reported Iraq's willingness to negotiate a withdrawal. Several withdrawal proposals were tendered, and the Bush administration immediately rejected all of them. Bush proudly said that he did not negotiate with people such as Hussein, whom he compared to Hitler. Bush even had the gall to call Hussein's invasion of Kuwait a "naked aggression." That came from a man who ordered the , which was a far more unjustified, murderous, and "naked" aggression than Kuwait's invasion was. Instead of laughing at Bush's hypocrisy, the media applauded his high principles.

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Iran's neighbor Iraq, however, successfully nationalized its oil industry between 1972 and 1975. Iraq, partly due to the artificiality that created it, has been a fractious nation, with numerous coups and political crises. It became fervently nationalistic however, and remained largely non-aligned in the global power game. Saddam Hussein began making his rise to power during the 1960s and helped to wipe out Iraq’s left-leaning parties, and was once on the CIA's payroll. America has never minded anybody wiping out leftists, especially during its war on communism. During the 1970s, America manipulated Iraq’s Kurdish minority as cynically as Machiavelli might have recommended. After the Kurdish leadership was fed to the wolves, Henry Kissinger remarked on the betrayal: “Covert action should not be confused with missionary work.”

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Poster AFC1074 This full-sized poster measures 11 x 17-inches in size and is printed in full color in Dari and Pashto. At the top it depicts a terrorist with a rifle-propelled grenade. Below, it depicts a young Afghan and military doctor working on an injured patient. The text is:

The Hezb-e-Islami Party was founded in 1977 by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who was later named the head of HIG. During the Soviet War in Afghanistan, Hekmatyar and his party operated near the Pakistani border against Soviet Communists. The bombardment of the capital by HIG in 1994 is reported to have resulted in the deaths of more than 25,000 civilians. HIG is believed to have local alliances with the Taliban, al-Qaida. Its main area of operation is northeastern Afghanistan, such as the provinces of Kunar, Laghman and Paktia
AFD01aaHB3247 This leaflet is similar to the one above in that it shows three photographs of the enemy Taliban on one side along with an Afghan shaking hands with an American soldier, while on the other side it depicts the Afghan flag and three photographs of happy children. The text is: The Peace Newspaper The PSYOP units printed more than just leaflets and posters. They also published newspapers such as “Peace.” This newspaper was distributed about monthly and carried news about and various PSYOP themes in Dari, Pashto, and English. PSYOP teams gave it out to schools as a teaching aid since many schools had no reading material. If they had no books, at least they would have the American newspaper to read and discuss. Of course, the stories were nation-building consolidation articles so this played into the peaceful reconstruction of . The newspapers were also distributed to crowds, and sometimes within restaurants and shops. The main problem was the high rate of illiteracy, so we tried to target places where there was a good chance that someone could read. Afghanistan
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