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Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq Paperback – July 28, 2003
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The first chapter of this book explains how the Bush Regime set out to change public opinion about the America in the Middle East by running a brand campaign. The regime hired a PR specialist essentially to brand America and to promote that brand in the Middle East the same way one might promote Budweiser or KFC. The problem with Brand promotion strategies, however is that they are more about manipulation and forceful persuasion than about understanding and working with your target audience. Is it any wonder that this policy failed so spectacularly?
WAR IS SELL
The book's second chapter describes the numerous mechanisms of persuasion the Bush Regime employed to convince you and me that the war on Iraq was necessary. These included timing the drive to war like a product launch, publicizing the invasion-friendly views of right-wing think tanks that were recast as foreign policy experts, promoting the CIA funded Iraqi National Congress as liberators.Read more ›
I have to give very high marks to the authors and their employer, the Center for Media & Democracy, for this book represents a "must read" for every voter.
Among the highlights (please note that all references to the US government actually refer to the political administration, which is abusing the good faith and loyalty of the millions of loyal Armed Services members as well as the civil service):
1) Documentation of US government manipulation of images coming out of Iraq
2) Documentation of how US government emphasis on manipulating the truth for the US public has actually left it unable to listen and hear and understand the truth as spoken by the Iraqi and Afghan people.
3) Documentation of the clear and present need to restore the US Information Agency (USIA) as an independent organization with a considerably expanded budget--in the age of information America is losing the mindwar, the culture war, because it is overspending on a heavy metal military and underspending on information power--what Joe Nye calls "soft power.Read more ›
Indeed, shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, members of the current administration hired advertising executives to direct a media campaign to convince the populace of the need to conduct a preemptive attack of Iraq in pursuit of eventual security against perceived potential terrorist threats. President Bush's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice was quoted as pointedly requesting position papers from her White House staffers as to how the administration could immediately begin using the events of 911 to further the administration's domestic and foreign policy goals.Read more ›
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I bought this for a couple of chapters to assign to students in a class I taught on the human response to war. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by C & J
THis is a very good book about what led up to the Bush Administration invading Iraq. Condition was as described.Published on April 29, 2013 by Robert M. Jones
Authors Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber provide a concise but powerful expose of the Bush White House and its attempts to "sell" the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Read morePublished on June 16, 2010 by K.A.Goldberg
This book is an short, entertaining but very sophisticated overview not only of how Bush and Co. sold the war, but how propaganda works in this country and in all other free-press... Read morePublished on October 7, 2009 by Stuart C.
One of the best excerpts from this book is Rumsfeld being confronted by a journalist about his visit to Iraq, denying it and then shown a videotape from the CNN archives. Read morePublished on July 25, 2006 by William D. Tompkins
When factual evidence did not reveal that Saddam Hussein had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" the Bush administration simply hired the country's best media consultants to engineer... Read morePublished on July 31, 2005 by Robin Orlowski
The book "Weapons of Mass Deception, the Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq," written by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber generally deals with the United States' current... Read morePublished on May 2, 2005 by Jeff
In "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq," coauthors Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber take a critical look at a very important subject. Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Michael J. Mazza