posted by Grandpoohbah at Friday, November 02, 2007
Rumsfeld Hyped Atmosphere of Fear, Memos ShowBy ALEX SPILLIUSThe Daily TelegraphNovember 2, 2007(http://www.nysun.com/article/65767) WASHINGTON — Donald Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, tried to maintain an atmosphere of fear in America as part of the Iraq war propaganda campaign, a series of leaked memos has shown.One memo, written in April 2006, contained a list of instructions to Pentagon staff including "Keep elevating the threat" and "Talk about Somalia, the Philippines, etc. Make the American people realize they are surrounded in the world by violent extremists."Another said, "Link Iraq to Iran. Iran is the concern of the American people, and if we fail in Iraq, it will advantage Iran." He also urged staff to produce "bumper sticker statements" to rally the public around the war.The memos, written between 2002 until shortly after his resignation in 2006, were leaked by undisclosed sources to the Washington Post.
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