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Friday, February 17, 2006

America Needs a Slicker PR Campaign

America’s global image is suffering. Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our “Coalition of the Willing” keeps getting smaller and smaller. New torture reports keep coming out of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib.

And at home, the public is getting more discouraged by our endless quagmire in Iraq.

You’re probably thinking of how we could fix these problems. What?? No, you dummy. That’s the old way.

Rumsfeld knows the answer: keep doing exactly what we’ve been doing, but hire a better PR team to improve our image. Rumsfeld says we need to win the “hearts and minds” of Muslims throughout the world. “Hearts and minds” is the phrase Lyndon Johnson used during the Vietnam war. Will these similarities ever stop?

Rumsfeld said Muslims are “bombarded with negative images of the West.” Jeez, show a few pictures of mutilated Arab corpses, and that damn liberal media just blows everything out of proportion.

He said “For the most part, the U.S. government still functions as a ‘five and dime’ store in an eBay world.” He said we need to use today’s weapons of war, including “e-mail, BlackBerries, instant messaging, digital cameras and blogs.”

Blogs. Ahah! And you thought all those rightwing bloggers were just regular citizens, sitting at home typing out their opinions. These zillions of pro-Bush bloggers are probably more like those orchestrated “public” meetings where thousands of guests would “spontaneously” start cheering and whoopin’ and hollerin’ for Bush.

Ted Kennedy noted that Rumsfield was missing the point. “Clearly, we need to improve our public diplomacy and information age communication in the Muslim world. But nothing has done more to encourage increased al-Qaida recruitment and made America less safe than the war in Iraq and the incompetent way it’s been managed. Our greatest failure is our policy.”

And here at home, a tax-exempt political group called Progress For America is spending $500,000 on a TV ad campaign to fire up enthusiasm for the Iraqi war. Now, I would’ve thought that $500,000 could be better spent on equipment and body armor for our troops — but what do I know?


Blogger The Rambling Taoist said...

Personally, I LIKE the PR idea. We need some group like MoveOn to spend $500,000 to promote IMPEACHMENT. If the Arab world saw that the majority of Americans wanted to get these crooks out of office, I bet our nation's "image" would begin to look a lot more rosier.

February 17, 2006 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Trey: Great idea. Our global image would definitely improve if people could see real American democracy in action. Removing an unfit president from office would demonstrate to the world exactly what democracy is all about.

February 18, 2006 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

OT Tom,

Here is the script for that South Park Episode called Something Wallmart This Way Come


Also, you may find hilarious this South Park script on an election between a Giant Douche and Turd Sandwich. I wrote about it on PoP today:


It is sickening what they are going to do and say in these commercials especially since most of it are totla lies.

February 18, 2006 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

PoliShifter: Yeah, those commercials suck. And since that group is tax-exempt, that means OUR taxes are paying for their propaganda campaign.

Thanks for the 2 South Park links. LOL.

February 18, 2006 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger smalltownhick said...

You gotta laugh at the idea of Rummie getting a better PR setup. The Arabs would look at it for a minute or two, then go to Ann Coulter's blog for the latest raghead joke.
If nothing else, the Internet has allowed us all to express our REAL opinions - not just the socially correct ones. All the PR in the world won't overcome the right wing blogs.

February 18, 2006 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Well with Bush's approval rating at 39 % and after spending more than any other administration on PR to make his failed policies look good I think maybe I should would be a Bush PR guy I couldn't do any worse than the ones he already has and I could really use the money ;)

February 18, 2006 at 5:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Small Town Hick: You're right. There's so much news on the Internet, and so many diverse viewpoints out there, that putting a spin on something doesn't make as much difference as it used to. I sure hope the Rightwing Noise Machine has arrived at that point where all the PR in the world won't help.

Mike: Yeah, who knows, maybe they're hiring :)

February 18, 2006 at 5:30 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Hey, they need it.

Think about it, though. If you're the guy they hire, you have to overcome the Chimperor, Crooked Lip, Rummy, and Condoliesalot, and that's before you even start trying to make The Great Patriotic War popular.

It's a helluva job, and I doubt there's a Brownie handy that can do it.

February 18, 2006 at 11:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jolly Roger: Yup, their new PR person is gonna have a hopeless, thankless job. I don't think even Rove will be able to spin them out of their current mess -- I hope not, anyway.

February 19, 2006 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

What America needs is an "Attitude Adjustment" and that is just to start with! I don't want my tax $$$$ going to promote Rumsfeld's dirty war. Use the money for armor, to promote IMPEACHMENT or how about feeding hungry Americans or paying for housing and medicine??? Condi was asking for more of our $$$$$, too. It sure seems like the citizens of America have become serfs of the Bush Neocon Kingdom. We will provide the money and the bodies (ourselves and our children) with which they intend to fight their perpetual wars.

February 19, 2006 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Kitchen Window Woman: Yeah, it seems most of our tax money is being sucked into The Long War. Since we're bankrupt, we don't have money for trivia like providing our troops with the proper equipment, protecting the environment, or helping the poor.

February 19, 2006 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Impeachment would be a great way of improving our "image", trey. So would shutting down all our military prisons and affording "enemy combatants" equal rights as Americans get when they are tried.

Oh, and...just so you know...Bush Tracker, which you have in your blogroll doesn't exist anymore...the new site is The Cosmik Voyager's Universe. Good post.

February 19, 2006 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cosmik Voyager: Thanks for the update. I'll add your new site to my links.

February 19, 2006 at 6:52 PM  

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