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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-04 01:45 AM
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Bush Admin. Keeps Reports Of Increased Insurgent Attacks From Troops
Pentagon, Aiming to Improve Opinions About Iraq Conflict, Sends Iraqi Americans to Spin The Administration's Rosy View To Soldiers.

By Dana Milbank and Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 30, 2004; Page A20

>>>>>The unusual public-relations effort by the Pentagon and the U.S. Agency for International Development comes as details have emerged showing the U.S. government and a representative of President Bush's reelection campaign had been heavily involved in drafting the speech given to Congress last week by interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Combined, they indicate that the federal government is working assiduously to improve Americans' opinions about the Iraq conflict -- a key element of Bush's reelection message.

USAID said this week that it will restrict distribution of reports by contractor Kroll Security International showing that the number of daily attacks by insurgents in Iraq has increased. On Monday, a day after The Washington Post published a front-page story saying that "the Kroll reports suggest a broad and intensifying campaign of insurgent violence," a USAID official sent an e-mail to congressional aides stating: "This is the last Kroll report to come in. After the WPost story, they shut it down in order to regroup. I'll let you know when it restarts."

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's office has sent commanders of U.S. military facilities a five-page memorandum titled "Guidance to Commanders." The Pentagon, the memo says, is sponsoring a group of Iraqi Americans and former officials from the Coalition Provisional Authority to speak at military bases throughout the United States starting Friday to provide "a first-hand account" of events in Iraq. The Iraqi Americans and the CPA officials worked on establishing the interim Iraqi government. The Iraqi Americans "feel strongly that the benefits of the coalition efforts have not been fully reported," the memo says.

The memo says the presentations are "designed to be uplifting accounts with good news messages." Rumsfeld's office, which will pay for the tour, recommends that the installations seek local news coverage, noting that "these events and presentations are positive public relations opportunities."

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60725-20...
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Kimber Scott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-04 01:51 AM
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1. Unfuckingbelievable.
:wow:
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-04 01:54 AM
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2. Now we know why they only pipe in Limbaugh
We can't have that evil Al Franken on in the barracks, telling the truth and all.
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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-04 01:55 AM
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3. Fuckaduck
I hate this administration.
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MsConduct Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-04 02:42 AM
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4. It's pretty DAMNED sad when
a 'war' has to have 'positive public relations' spin put on it!
I can't think of enough swear words to use for this crap!



Peace
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-30-04 11:36 AM
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5.  In a radio interview, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
acknowledged the violence in Iraq is "getting worse" and said he expects it to increase in the country as elections approach.

Will the Iraqi Americans Rumsfeld hired be allowed to tell our soldiers this when they give their presentations?


Airstrike in Falluja

Three people died and eight others were wounded in the airstrike, an Iraqi hospital official said.

Four children were among the wounded, said the official from Falluja General Hospital.

CPIC did not report any casualties and noted multinational forces "take great care to minimize collateral damage and civilian casualties."

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/09/30/iraq.main/ind...

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