Instruments of War

Friday, April 25, 2008


As reported in The New York Times last weekend, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and others have turned, again and again, to military analysts – retired members of the armed forces hired by broadcast and cable networks – for their supposed expertise on the war. Only, it turns out, the analysts were often coached by the Pentagon in what the Times said were “hundreds of private briefings.” Among those named was Maj. Robert Bevelacqua, a former Green Beret and Fox News contributor through 2005. Bevelacqua discusses his own role in the march to war.

Comments [6]

jac from land of oz

yes my typing is still in need of revision :). but i think you understand the jest of my comment and that your intentions "are" honorable. there always must be a scap goat and it appears your number came up. there are many that support and believe in your fight.

Feb. 22 2010 09:09 PM
jac from land of oz

keep your head up my friend. i know your intentions were honorable if this fight for truth and freedom. life throws us curves when never end and seem as endless circles. life appears to have had its changles. the fight you battles is in your heart. none of us are above deception. life generally gives us five cards to play if it is texas hold 'em. you keep playing those hands and if you ever need money for a good hand or bluff it is always here. may god watch over youl

Feb. 22 2010 09:05 PM
derek monroe from round lake , IL

Come on, everybody drank the cool aid and got with the program. There is nothing new under the sun. If you think it is I suggest someone who reads Russian read up on commentary reports from 1980s (Pravda) or Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Army Press) during the Afghanistan adventure. It just the same. Just replace the proletarian solidairty with freedom and democracy. Everything else is the same. Priviet!!!!!!!

May. 07 2008 07:03 PM
Bill Glucroft from Haifa, Israel

You mean to say the mainstream media relies on the same pool of "official" and "expert" but nonetheless compromised sources? Hardly a surprise. This is how we got into Iraq in the first place - groupthink.

Unless commenting directly on military matters, my ears tune out whenever the news industry turns to these so-called military or defense "analysts." Even the well-meaning ones begin their train of thought from the assumption that using war is a proper means to pursue national interests. They are, understandably, singularly security- and defense-minded, blind to other options and considerations and thus feeding into America's historical and cultural addiction to war.

Apr. 29 2008 02:56 AM
Vivek Kumar

Thanks again for OTM's critique-LITE. I mean come on guys, this is a huge case of the practice of propaganda by the American government on the American people that is being channeled directly into our living rooms by the Corporate Media.

I received much more informative commentary from Norman Solomon on FAIR (CounterSpin 4/25/08-5/1/08) and Democracy Now (April 22, 2008).

Apr. 26 2008 10:12 PM
John Petesch

Mr. Bevelacqua and On the Media missed making a crucial point at the end of this story: Of course some of these analysts are humans with their own, probably conservative opinions... the problem is that these "surrogates" were cherry picked BECAUSE they were sympathetic to the administration! There were many top brass who disagreed, however, and were not chosen for the "surrogate" propaganda campaign. In fact, most who disagreed were shuffled out of the military one by one and never given access to the media. Another critical point that should have been further pressed is the surrogates' connections to defense contractors, which is the most important part of the story, rather than a simple aside.

Apr. 26 2008 10:20 AM

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