Wednesday, December 08, 2004

OK, So Why Are We Doing This Again?

The Sunday Herald, a Scottish newspaper, published this article which recounts "a shockingly frank “strategic communications” report, written this autumn by the Defence Science Board for Pentagon supremo Donald Rumsfeld." The Defense Science Board advises the Secretary of Defense, particularly on issues of force deployment and military procurement.
According to the article, in the report the Board advises Rumsfeld that
"American direct intervention in the Muslim world has paradoxically elevated the stature of, and support for, radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single digits in some Arab societies.

Referring to the repeated mantra from the White House that those who oppose the US in the Middle East “hate our freedoms”, the report says: “Muslims do not ‘hate our freedoms’, but rather, they hate our policies."

I wouldn't expect to hear Rumsfeld, or anyone else in the Bush Administration discussing this anytime soon. Wouldn't want to let a few messy facts get in the way of the story they've developed to explain the world.


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