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Vietnam, Hippies & False Peace

KGB Disinformation and intellectual orthodoxy gave birth to a new Amerika.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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December 13, 2013 - 10:00 am
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“Although Senator Kerry never fully revealed the source of those outrageous accusations, I recognized them as being the product of another KGB disinformation operation. In the 1960s and ’70s, when I was a leader of the Soviet bloc intelligence community, the KGB spread those same vitriolic accusations, almost word for word, throughout American and European leftist movements. They were part of a KGB disinformation operation aimed at discouraging the United States from protecting the world against communist expansion.”

Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa

In his book Disinformation, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa notes that by 1968 there were 7 million anti-war protesters in the United States. Many of them, including Secretary of State John Kerry, were operating on disinformation about the Vietnam War thanks to a carefully constructed KGB campaign called “Operation Ares”.

Created by the KGB with the “dual purpose of counteracting American efforts to protect the world against communist expansion, and of creating doubt around the world about American power, judgement, and credibility,” Operation Ares was named by KGB chief Yuri Andropov after the Greek god of war. Pacepa details the great lengths to which the KGB went to follow through on the disinformation campaign, including the creation of the Stockholm Conference on Vietnam. The Conference, which met annually through 1972 acted as the clearinghouse for the distribution of “..fabricated descriptions of American atrocities committed against civilians in Vietnam, as well as counterfeited pictures supporting the allegations.”

In his discussion of Ares, Pacepa poignantly reflects upon Andropov’s belief that, by planting the seeds of disinformation, these lies about American involvement in Vietnam would grow into its own unique breed of acculturated disinformation:

“Eventually, American leftists would seize upon our Ares and would start pursuing it of their own accord. In the end, our original involvement would be forgotten and Ares would take on a life of its own.”

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I missed it...what was the point of this article?
39 weeks ago
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Then read it again, more slowly this time.
34 weeks ago
34 weeks ago Link To Comment
And this ball of political correctness is like a snowball rolling downhill, gathering any and all oppression narratives it can. Since it is an undeclared, even denied ideology, it has accidental form and can morph in unexpected and flexible ways. It will never be static.

It's current form is, in principle, Nazi race theory, and the latest source of its current specific rhetoric, radical black feminism. Nice fusion there.
40 weeks ago
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Must be some pretty good acid going around PJM these days. A post referencing hippies in the title, and no hippies to be found in the piece itself. Somewhat like Mr. President, existing in made up bubbles of his own, only in this case it's the PJM editorial staff adopting a drop first, edit, and move on to a Miley-like shock piece.

Something smells, and it's not hippies this time.
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