Intelligence Report #2

Intelligence Report #2
By Venik

PHILADELPHIA March 22, 2002, 19:10 pm - The war against Iraq is being conducted by the Anglo-American coalition in an atmosphere of complete information vacuum. Turn on the CNN, MSNBC, FOX or any other major news network and the picture is the same everywhere - no news.
The same old statements from the same old Rumsfeld; the same video footage used and reused by all TV news networks thousands of time over the past three days; the same old Wesley Clark reminding the world that he is still the US Army's most incompetent general, even if now retired. The TV news channels seem to have all of that but real news on what is happening on the front.
Yesterday, I was flipping through the hundreds of channels offered by my satellite TV service in hopes of finding any new information about the war in Iraq. CNN was showing photos and headlines from some Kuwaiti newspaper. After talking for half-an-hour about this newspaper and looking at the print from every possible angle, the CNN "field reporter" pulled out one more Kuwaiti newspaper and talked about it for another fifteen minutes. That was pathetic even for the CNN.
I wonder how this works: "Camera! Lights! We are going live in one, two Quickly! Get me a newspaper!" They are getting desperate there, I'm telling you But you've probably been watching the news as well, so you should already know all of that. This day and age after being unable to find any decent news on TV or in the press, well-connected people turn to the Internet, so here you are reading what some "Venik" has to say about the war in Iraq.
The complete lock down by the coalition command on the flow of information is rather unusual. Normally, the military would at least actively use the media for disinformation purposes, as the US military did during the first Persian Gulf War and during the bombing of Yugoslavia (and during all those dozens of other armed conflicts in between). But a complete absence of any significant news makes one very suspicious: how are things really going in Iraq? Is Saddam really losing control of the country and of his troops? Are the Americans and Brits really in Basra and Umm Quasar? Did all the planes really return to their bases as the Pentagon officials in Washington say?
And then there are some very lame attempts at propaganda by the US military. Consider the false report about the entire Iraqi 51st Infantry Division surrendering to the coalition troops. An entire division surrendered, really? This must be huge news. There must be hundreds of videos all over the world's news networks showing hordes of demoralized and hungry Iraqi troops. There must be hundreds of interviews with the Iraqis themselves and much more footage of all the destroyed and abandoned armor and artillery numbering in hundreds.
Where in the hell is all this stuff? All we got was one or two lame staged videos shot by the military showing a few dozen Iraqis half of whom are not even wearing any uniforms. For all I know they may be civilians or not even Iraqis. There is no footage of any weapons - was the entire division unarmed? And then, of course, all the speculation fueled by official US government reports of a possible missile strike that might have killed Saddam. As Rumsfeld put it: "He [Saddam] is either dead or alive." Yeah, no shit.
Meanwhile, we have no clue as to what is going on in Iraq. Thank God for the ex-Soviet <>GRU and a few dedicated Russian army experts who provide their <>intelligence reports on the Web. But as far as mainstream media goes in terms of accurate war reporting- you might as well be watching the Junk Yard Wars on the TLC.
A day ago it was reported that Bush was meeting with his entire cabinet, the top military commanders and all of his advisors at Camp David. Even the elusive, like the white rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland", Dick Cheney was to be there. That in itself is major news. Clearly Bush was not meeting with all these smart folks just to drink beer and eat pretzels. And, yet, this meeting was not, in my opinion, adequately covered by the media.
It is clear that the war in Iraq was the reason for this meeting. And after the meeting Bush said that it will be harder and longer than some expected. That's the second time in the past three days that he mentioned the "harder and longer" part of this war. Obviously, something is going on and, as usual, CNN's got no clue and continues repeating Rumsfeld's abracadabra. I understand when the government wants to brainwash the enemy, but bullshitting its own people is just sad.



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