Mao was Right this Time

With all the kowtowing that the smirking chimp does for the Chinese dictatorship, you'd think he'd follow Chairman Mao's advice: capture their minds, and their hearts and souls will follow.

We've lost the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, as Neil Mackay of the UK's Sunday Herald rightly points out in his piece summarizing the recent Pentagon report on the state of the Iraqi occupation:

The Pentagon has admitted that the war on terror and the invasion and occupation of Iraq have increased support for al-Qaeda, made ordinary Muslims hate the US and caused a global backlash against America because of the “self-serving hypocrisy” of George W Bush’s administration over the Middle East.

The mea culpa is contained in a shockingly frank “strategic communications” report, written this autumn by the Defence Science Board for Pentagon supremo Donald Rumsfeld.

On “the war of ideas or the struggle for hearts and minds”, the report says, “American efforts have not only failed, they may also have achieved the opposite of what they intended”.

“American direct intervention in the Muslim world has paradoxically elevated the stature of, and support for, radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single digits in some Arab societies.”

Referring to the repeated mantra from the White House that those who oppose the US in the Middle East “hate our freedoms”, the report says: “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedoms’, but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favour of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the long-standing, even increasing support, for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Gulf states (emphasis mine).

Surprise, suprise, suprise. Rather than learn from history, the shrub has chosen to repeat it by taking a page from Nixon's failed foreign war playbook. Grab them by the balls and their hearts will follow didn't work in Vietnam and it isn't working in Iraq, either.

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4 Responses to Mao was Right this Time

  1. Brent says:

    Gee, it wouldn’t be from the liberal press or anything, would it? Has that thought ever coroosed your brain?

    Wait, you’re one of them –the blame America first crowd. It is an emmbarrassment that you display a flag of Denmark, but not an American flag.

    Yes, I do question your patriotism. You are a typical liberal.

  2. trueblueblog says:

    Hello, Brent.

    You're entitled to question my patriotism all you want; I think it speaks for itself. If you disagree, I'd encourage you to back up your assertions with something a little more solid than the implied put-down in restating my own well-advertised political persuasion.

    As an American, I'm curious why: 1) you're embarassed by a show of solidarity with another democracy in support of free speech rights, and 2) you're so insecure in your patriotism that you feel the need for everyone to display the symbols of the country rather than simply exercise the freedoms that are our birthright as Americans? I don't see one's position on the liberal-conservative spectrum as being relevant to either if one really believes in the Constitution of the United States and the people referenced in the preamble.

    I don't blame America first; I blame the current administration first – for lying the country into an uprovoked war; for not supporting our troops who they put into harm's way; for eroding our civil liberties; for polluting our environment; for short-changing US citizens (you know, people) in favor of US corporations (you know, not people); for fostering a culture of corruption; and crippling the government of its ability to do what it was created to do – govern effectively within Constitutional limits.

    Lastly, as one WordPress blogger to another, I'd like to point out that this typical liberal has an open posting policy, unlike an apparently typical conservative who seems partial to trolling my blog. Don't you believe in a free and public exchange of ideas, Brent?

  3. trueblueblog says:

    By the way Brent, while its true that the overall piece came from the press (I'm not going to dignify the "liberal media" paranoia evident in your post), it quoted a Pentagon report. Everything you see in those double quotes ("") are attributed to U.S. military leaders, not the person who wrote the article or The Herald's editorial staff.

    Don't you believe in listening to the generals during a time of war, Brent?

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