Interviewed on PBS, retired Army intelligence officer Ralph Peters had this to say about US propaganda in Iraq:
The case is very straightforward. First of all, when a house is burning down, you put out the fire before you worry about the table settings. And although, obviously, in our democracy a free press is very, very important, Iraq is not yet a full-fledged democracy.
Combating the insurgents and terrorists is much more important; in post-modern conflict — and, boy, I’ll tell you, conflict has changed — the media sphere can be as important or even more important a battlefield than the physical battle space [emphasis added].
When I say I told you so, I really freakin’ told you so.
NOTE: If you got anything at all out of last month’s “Arm of Decision” essay (linked above), you’ll enjoy this, too.