The main strategic aim of war today is to dominate the mind of the enemy's public, and then ultimately to dominate the mind of that public's leaders... At what moment did the war in Vietnam come to an end? At that precise moment when America's leaders decided that they could not resist the unrelenting storyline of the enemy, which had long prevailed in their own press. The press surrendered first, then the leaders of the nation... the Cold War ended not in an explosion of unprecedented violence, but rather at the precise moment when the Soviet elites no longer believed their own storyline... (and) in Iraq... the weakest link in the ability of the United States to sustain military operations overseas... is the U.S. media.-- Nick
Sunday, November 26, 2006
You Are The Weakest Link. Goodbye...
Michael Novak nails the media's role in modern warfare: