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Monday, November 21, 2005

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An article in the current edition of Rolling Stone restores my faith in investigative journalism.

It tells the story of "perception manager" John Rendon and his role in selling wars for imperial America. James Bamford discovers connections throughout the media and political elite in London, Washington and Australia. The New York Times' Judith Miller, Ahmad Chalabi, WMD, bogus intelligence and media manipulation all play key roles.

The Iraq war was never about democracy or freedom. And an all-too-willing media and cynical cheerleaders contributed to the deception.

I dare anybody to read this long piece and not realise that unaccounted individuals are greasing the wheels in Washington. Lies become the "truth." And war becomes a seeming necessity. Corporate media cannot be trusted:

"As the acknowledged general of such propaganda warfare, Rendon insists that the work he does is for the good of all Americans. "For us, it's a question of patriotism," he says. "It's not a question of politics, and that's an important distinction. I feel very strongly about that personally. If brave men and women are going to be put in harm's way, they deserve support." But in Iraq, American troops and Iraqi civilians were put in harm's way, in large part, by the false information spread by Rendon and the men he trained in information warfare. And given the rapid growth of what is known as the "security-intelligence complex" in Washington, covert perception managers are likely to play an increasingly influential role in the wars of the future."


Blogger Shabadoo said...

Wait a second -- a ways down the page, you say that Rendon is a crap operation that charges too much for piss-poor results. (At least piss-poor from the US government's point of view, you're happy to see the US taken down a peg...though beyond your airy-fairy dreams of a world of peace, love and understanding, you don't really suggest an alternative...but I digress...)

Anyhoo, now, you're saying that it's this incredible string-puller that's making the rules and calling the shots.

Which is it, boyo?

Monday, November 21, 2005 7:04:00 pm  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is really weird; with access to the US's bottomless pockets the Rendon group can sell the invasion of Iraq but can't sell the occupation?

The Rolling Stone article contains lots of vague hype and snippets from supposedly secret US government documents but offers precious little substantiation.

Oh yeah, would you please tell us what the war in Iraq is all about?

And one more thing, Rolling Stone's music reviews aren't trustworthy either.

Monday, November 21, 2005 8:33:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

"vague hype"? How dare they?

We can at least rest easily that none of this was used to sell the war in the first place.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 12:24:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...


Selling the war was the easy part. Scaring the crap out of Americans in the wake of 911 was pretty straightforward.

The occupation is a hard sell becasue it's failing do miserably.

It's incredibly weird that Paul Moran was involved both with the Rendon groups and the INC, and that head of the Rendon Group attended his funeral in Australia. How ironic, that Moran was the first reporter to fall vicitim to a war he helped create?

if oyu want more clarification of the missing pieces, this interview (mp3) with Bamford is fascinating:

And Shab, Rendon has obviosuly served it's paymasters well in the past. The fact that things are not going swimmingly has as more to do with the deluded sociopaths signing the cheques.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 4:31:00 am  
Blogger Human said...

Antony - The second time I heard about the Rendon group was just last night, when I watched this interview with Gen. Odom -

If the above does not work go to - and scroll down to General William Odom: Nine Reasons for Withdrawal. He mentions the Rendon group and states his desire to look into them more. After watching it I did a search on Rendon and read just a few surface articles. Then I awoke to this article you posted. Thanks!

Addam_o Hitting the nail on the head rapidly and true - "The occupation is a hard sell becasue it's failing do miserably."

"The fact that things are not going swimmingly has as more to do with the deluded sociopaths signing the cheques."

Now to check out your links - thanks

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 5:59:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which is it, boyo?

We see no contradiction: who believed the German official story that its invasion of Poland was a counterattack for a Polish invasion of Germany? Who in a suit and tie and a societally respectable position looked at the Gulf of Tonkin story when it was hours old and blurted in a public forum, oh come on, why the hell would Vietnamese forces ever do that?
Since when does propaganda have to be as absolutely convincing as a legal case, as opposed to close enough for an audience eager to believe in Arab supervillains and heroic American last stands?
Let's not give such credit to the people in the governmewnt, the media and industry who presumably would've called Rendon on his less credible work.
It is undeniable that such supposed critics as the Democrats who still suport the occupation (and in the odious case of one, her husband when he was president) were as willing to believe as a UFO convention.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 7:45:00 am  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

The Stone has been rolling downhill for years.. perhaps it's on it's way back up.

'I dare anybody to read this long piece and not realise that unaccounted individuals are greasing the wheels in Washington'

People like Jack Abramoff and the AIPAC spies too. The disaster of Iraq may have a silver lining in the glimpse we are afforded of the netherworld of American decisionmaking, the normally hidden dirty laundry that is exposed as shit hits fan and blame begins to be apportioned. The place is a sink of corruption and if this mini-window into it can help clean it up, it's all good.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005 1:33:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

James Bamford has been reporting on the Iraq was for years. I don't thbink he has any ties to RS other than being sindicated by them.

I thnk the story speaks for itself. Even Fox news gets things right once in a while.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005 12:30:00 am  

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