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Branding Iraq with al-Qaida [Treasonous Media Propaganda Alert]
The Minnesota Daily ^ | December 12, 2005 | By Nathan Paulsen

Posted on 12/12/2005 2:53:34 AM PST by Jim Robinson

With every passing Iraqi death we lose another piece of our humanity. How can we or Washington justify the mass murder of thousands?

The desperate attempt of government officials to brand the Iraqi insurgency with al-Qaida is part of a deliberate misinformation campaign aimed at dissuading the American public from demanding an end to the Iraq war.

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Shortly after 9/11, the Bush administration realized it had a serious problem: Decades of U.S. foreign policy aimed at pillaging other countries’ resources had sparked an abiding sense of resentment and anger among the world’s masses. With the stark reality of the United States increasingly precarious economic and military position impossible to ignore, administration officials did what any wealthy political clique with close ties to multinational corporations would do — they assigned one of the nation’s top advertising executives to improve the United States image abroad. The Pentagon also gave a four- month, $397,000 public relations contract to Rendon Group, charging it with the unenviable task of covering up the real human toll of the war in Afghanistan. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell responded to criticism by asserting, “There is nothing wrong with getting somebody who knows how to sell something. We are selling a product. We need someone who can re-brand American foreign policy, re-brand diplomacy.” Four years later, the Bush administration’s efforts to “re-brand” American foreign policy can be seen on the nightly news in the hard contours of Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi’s face.

(Excerpt) Read more at mndaily.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaedaandiraq; alqaida; corruptmedia; iraq; leftwingmedia; propaganda; thebiglie; traitors; zarqawi
"Why then has the Bush administration gone to such lengths to tie al-Qaida to the Iraq war in the popular American mind?

Simply put, 9/11 left an indelible neuronal impression in our brains that predispose us to react with anxiety and anger whenever the events of that day, or anything associated with them, are brought to our attention. Haunted by the memory of 9/11, and dangerously unaware of our emotional states, our glorious leaders have manipulated strong cultural undercurrents of fear and revenge to sever the natural empathic bonds that we might otherwise feel for an oppressed and suffering people. By branding the Iraqi resistance with al-Qaida, Washington’s public relations experts have “justified” the cold-blooded murder of 100,000 Iraqis and the daily humiliation of an entire nation."

1 posted on 12/12/2005 2:53:36 AM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson
The desperate attempt of government officials to brand the Iraqi insurgency with al-Qaida is part of a deliberate misinformation campaign aimed at dissuading the American public from demanding an end to the Iraq war.

Stop it! Yunz'all are killing me!

This is the funniest post I've read today....sadly!

Dang the MSM to hades!

prisoner6

2 posted on 12/12/2005 3:03:29 AM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out)
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To: Jim Robinson

No agenda here?


3 posted on 12/12/2005 3:11:45 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: Jim Robinson
"The desperate attempt of government officials to brand the Iraqi insurgency with al-Qaida is part of a deliberate misinformation campaign aimed at dissuading the American public from demanding an end to the Iraq war."

Mr. Paulson sure has a clear view of things from his armchair up there in Minnesota, doesn't he? Wow! Partisan hacks have no limit or sense of decency. Nevermind that the Iraqis are now turning in al-Qada members to the US forces in record numbers.

4 posted on 12/12/2005 3:14:13 AM PST by ThirstyMan (hysteria: the elixir of the Left that trumps all reason)
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To: Jim Robinson

Now these traitors and sedionist paint the US Military as mass murderers. The writer, npaulsen@mndaily.com , who put together this extreme hate filled article has already heard from me.


5 posted on 12/12/2005 3:21:30 AM PST by Modok (Barking Moonbats - moderates who would rather vote for a liberal McCain)
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To: Jim Robinson
The Minnesota Daily, proudly serving up treason in every issue for 40 years. These are your future "journalists" at work people. Just another reason the Right needs to go full bore in developing the alternative media so the angry, self important, hysteric Leftists like Nathan Paulsen can wallow in their own irrelevance gnawing on their own bile.
6 posted on 12/12/2005 3:27:16 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Now the Democrat leadership claims that accurately quoting them is "attack politics")
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To: Jim Robinson
How can we or Washington justify the mass murder of thousands?

We don't. That's why we took out the mass murderer, Saddam.

7 posted on 12/12/2005 3:31:36 AM PST by alnick
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To: Jim Robinson
Uh...Nathan, you really don't seem to have your facts quite right there sir. And calling us Mass Murderers and basically calling the American public 'crazy' after 9/11 doesn't help your cause. As you so eloquently describe, left an indelible neuronal impression in our brains that predispose us to react with anxiety and anger...and dangerously unaware of our emotional states, perhaps you'd like to more clearly state that the American people have PTSD. The Bush administration didn't have to go to great lengths to tiel al-Qaida to Iraq, the links were already there prior to the war, remember Saddam has links to the PA too. He was paying suicide bomber's families $25,000 for each act committed against Israel!

Al-Qaida and the insurgency are linked together, along with Iran and Syria. Nathan, don't you see that Al-Qaida is the secreted army of radical Islam? You did indeed start with the right question, With every passing Iraqi death we lose another piece of our humanity. How can we or Washington justify the mass murder of thousands? , but as the atrocities of despot regimes like Saddams don't even register with you..you are complicite with the murder of thousands. The Iraqi people will remember all those innocent who died as heroes on the road to Freedom. Many of those people died not from Coalition forces, but were murdered by the insurgency, al-Qaida, or Saddam loyalists. This time last year we were in a battle for Fallujah and while the media focused on the Marine who shot the wounded insurgent they missed the FACT that as our Marines conducted house to house searches they found holding areas, torture chambers, and whole families killed/beheaded. This was not our troops doing this...this was the al-Qaida insurgency.

How many schools has the insurgency built in Iraq?

How many waterlines installed or repaired?

How much infrastructure repaired?

Who is allowing them to vote for freedom?

Oh, that's right it is al-Qaida and the insurgency doing all these wonderful things...

8 posted on 12/12/2005 3:47:46 AM PST by EBH (Never give-up, Never give-in, and Never Forget)
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To: Jim Robinson

Leftist nutcase. Seems to be a pre-requisite for jobs at Minn. newspapers.


9 posted on 12/12/2005 3:52:27 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: Jim Robinson

Nathan Paulsen welcomes comments at npaulsen@mndaily.com.


10 posted on 12/12/2005 3:53:56 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Jim Robinson

Nathan will be receiving comments from me tonight, after the work day.


11 posted on 12/12/2005 4:01:40 AM PST by Chgogal (Democrats cut and run, Marines don't. OR Democrats are silent when millions die. Which to use?)
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To: Jim Robinson




http://www.massgraves.info

Tell it to those Saddam bulldozed into mass graves. Saddam is the WMD of Iraq.
12 posted on 12/12/2005 4:11:44 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (In Memory of Crockett Nicolas, hit and run in the prime of his Cocker Spaniel life, 9/3/05.)
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To: Jim Robinson
With every passing Iraqi death we lose another piece of our humanity...

Actually, we would have lost our humanity had we REFUSED to demonstrate our willingness to shed blood to defend ourselves. The "Mogadishu Model" was used by our enemies to deem us "inhuman"; weak, and void of a natural defense mechanism.

Our dead in Iraq have restored the natural respect human beings must have for each other. We have not been attacked on our soil again, and the death of these soldiers is the reason why.

13 posted on 12/12/2005 4:13:20 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Jim Robinson

Decades of U.S. foreign policy aimed at pillaging other countries’ resources had sparked an abiding sense of resentment and anger among the world’s masses.

Such as the decade before Bush2?


14 posted on 12/12/2005 4:13:32 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Jim Robinson

I wrote Mr. Paulsen, and let him know he doesn't have a clue as to what is transpiring in Iraq.


15 posted on 12/12/2005 4:16:18 AM PST by GarySpFc (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: Jim Robinson
Last week, Chris Mathews tried to get away with saying that Bush/Cheney had always stated that Iraq was responsible for 9/11. He went on further to say that Iraq never had anything to do with terrorism.

Fortunately, he floated these lies to Stephen Hayes of the Weekley Standard... who corrected him in no uncertain terms. After getting the truth from Hayes... Mathews mumbled... “Well... they certainly gave that impression... and the American people believed it.”

16 posted on 12/12/2005 4:31:01 AM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: Jim Robinson

Bring back the Sedition Acts. Back in the good old days, this guys would have done at least 10 years in prison.


17 posted on 12/12/2005 4:34:49 AM PST by N. Beaujon (http://www.nbeaujon.com)
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To: johnny7
Well... they certainly gave that impression... and the American people believed it.

So it's up to the administration to prove a negative, right or wrong?

Wasn't Zarkowi in Iraq a year before we invaded? Didn't Dean just say he came after we invaded? Where's the left's denial of that lie?

18 posted on 12/12/2005 5:01:48 AM PST by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: Jim Robinson
With every passing Iraqi death we lose another piece of our humanity. How can we or Washington justify the mass murder of thousands?

Ummm .. since these lib reporter is sooooooooooooooo concerned about humanity??

Does this mean he's gonna report on the mass graves of Iraqis that were murdered under the orders of Saddam??

Or the young girls that were brutually raped by Uday and his goons??

19 posted on 12/12/2005 5:06:06 AM PST by Mo1 (Message to Democrats .... We do not surrender and run from a fight !!)
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To: Jim Robinson

As usual the MSM is really stuck on stupid. They really believe we believe what they say. They are so pathetic. Amen.


20 posted on 12/12/2005 5:08:18 AM PST by gakrak ("A wise man's heart is his right hand, But a fool's heart is at his left" Eccl 10:2)
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To: Jim Robinson
How can we or Washington justify the mass murder of thousands?

That's right - their policies resulted in the mass murder of millions and they try to take the moral high ground by mischaracterizing who is doing the actual murdering and that we are trying to kill the murderers - a distinction that they are incapable of making.

21 posted on 12/12/2005 5:17:18 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: johnny7
...a story has been circulating that the media are paid propagandists.

22 posted on 12/12/2005 5:22:10 AM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Jim Robinson
here's a pic of the twerp from 2003...
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"Nathan Paulsen is a junior at the University of Minnesota who's active with the U of M Coalition against War on Iraq."

How vain it is to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live. Thoreau

23 posted on 12/12/2005 5:26:01 AM PST by kanawa
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To: prisoner6
The desperate attempt of government officials to brand the Iraqi insurgency with al-Qaida is part of a deliberate misinformation campaign aimed at dissuading the American public from demanding an end to the Iraq war.

Yeah, just like the gov't lied to us about the Viet Cong being Communists, when they were REALLY just patriots who wanted to run their country in their own unique way. Anyway, as the commies told us at that time, we were just there for the oil (or was it for the tungsten, I forget).

Fast forward to Iraq. Different war, same commie script.

24 posted on 12/12/2005 5:30:06 AM PST by ARepublicanForAllReasons (A "democratic socialist" is just a communist who happens to be outgunned!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Is the weather just tooo cold in Minnesota that minds never thaw?
25 posted on 12/12/2005 5:32:28 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Iraqi's were involved in the 1993 WTC bombing.


26 posted on 12/12/2005 5:37:08 AM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: Modok
Me too:

Sir: You are standing with those using the stick of intimidation, weapons of mass cultural destruction (WMCDs), Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Reid, Boxer, and Dean.

President Bush has a solution and it is called Winning the WOT, a stance 85% of Americans favor rather than your advocacy of 'cut and run'.

Sincerely, XXXXX, a true American

27 posted on 12/12/2005 5:41:58 AM PST by yoe
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To: Jim Robinson

There is such a thing, imo, as a feedback loop that gets created by a traumatic event in our lives. Certain sights, sounds, smells, etc. trigger the loop to be replayed in our memories. Someone, for example, might have 9/11 triggered in their memories by the sight of a huge cloud of dust reminiscent of the rolling cloud that engulfed that region around the WTC when the towers fell. Part of the treatment for PTSD is to break into that feedback loop with another more positive message.

That doesn't mean, though, that the Iraqi insurgency should not be connected with Al Qaeda. The 2 basic reasons for this is first, that the old Ba'athists did participate with the terrorists that Saddam did harbor, aid, and abet within his own country. Zarqawi was protected in Iraq PRIOR to the Iraq War. Second, those old saddamites are now participating with al qaeda.

The connection between old Iraq and al-qaeda is not a nefarious scheme designed to play on a trauma feedback loop.

It is a fact.


28 posted on 12/12/2005 5:49:04 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: Jim Robinson

"Washington’s public relations experts have 'justified' the cold-blooded murder of 100,000 Iraqis and the daily humiliation of an entire nation."

This boy just justified all of Saddam's murders, insulted Iraqis and called American troops 'murderers' because America has given him a free pass to do so, signed by John F. Kerry. Swift Vets only mission was to keep Kerry from CIC and any further action on their part, they feel, would cloud their reputation. It is time for someone else to pick up that torch, and I would wholeheartedly support efforts by Free Republic to be that 'someone' in a concerted effort to get the message out that this behavior will not go unchallenged by any silent majority. The White Flag video was put together by a grassroots organization of the GOP. SW laid out the blueprint, all FR need to is follow it. I've asked a couple FReepers and got support on this idea, What say you?



29 posted on 12/12/2005 7:20:33 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-What fools they are who doubt the ability of liberty to triumph over despotism)
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To: johnny7
Iraqi's were involved in the 1993 WTC bombing

Do you have a cite?

30 posted on 12/12/2005 12:40:52 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks (If you don't like Jesus, you can go to hell.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
What's a cite? Do you mean a source?
31 posted on 12/12/2005 1:47:16 PM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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