From: Michael Santomauro
A Classic essay from world famous economist and former President Reagan
Publisher: SupplySideInvestor.com - February 21, 2002
A DR. GOEBBELS IN RED, WHITEAND BLUE
"Richard Perle is a madman, totally out of control, possessed by the
Forces of Darkness. Perle is a world class propagandist and absolute
master of the Big Lie. Perle is the Prince of Darkness, the most evil
man on the face of the earth. Hannibal Lecter only ate his victims one
at a time. Perle likes to eat them en masse."
Rendon Group Spreads Malicious Propaganda Against Muslims and Arabs.
Memo To: The Fourth Estate Editors
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: The Office of Strategic Influence
by JUDE WANNISKI
The lead story in the Tuesday, February 19 NYTimes was headlined:
"PENTAGON READIES EFFORTS TO SWAY SENTIMENT ABROAD," and as I read it I
first wondered if it were some kind of joke. The subhead read: "New
Office Proposes to Send News or Maybe False News to Even Friendly
Lands." What it comes down to is the Pentagon is cranking up something
called the "Office of Strategic Influence," which will have as its
mission the manipulation of public opinion in foreign lands in ways that
will win support for our "war on terrorism." The story makes no attempt
to disguise the fact that manipulation is at the core of the mission.
Unlike the Voice of America or Radio Marti broadcasts to Cuba, which
have been kept scrupulously objective in presenting news, the OSI
intends to feed "disinformation" into the global population in ways that
will lead the people of the world to do what Uncle Sam would like them
to do. "Disinformation" is a nice word for "falsehoods," and when
applied to official government falsehoods, the dictionary word is
As I read on, I soon realized that this is the brainchild of Richard
Perle, the Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, whose underling, Paul
Wolfowitz, serves President George W. Bush as Deputy Secretary of
Defense. Perle is a world class propagandist and absolute master of the
Big Lie. I've written in this space before that Perle, who I have known
since 1969 when his skills helped win the Cold War, will not be happy
until he makes the world safe for an American Imperium, no matter how
that objective is achieved. At the top of his list of "things to do" is
to crank up a war with Iraq, to rid the earth of Saddam Hussein. It
remains a personal affront to him and his henchman Wolfowitz that the
first President Bush was talked out of destroying Baghdad in 1991, when
he should have had our troops march to Iraq's capital in order to kill
Saddam. Perle has an uncanny ability to "cloud men's minds," like the
Shadow of yore, and over the years he has not only clouded the mind of
Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, but also of a great many world leaders.
Perle loves not only war, but war against small countries that can be
easily squashed by America's military might. He has a long list in his
pocket of those he proposes to squash after he takes care of Iraq.
I, of course, knew there would be some editorial commentary on plans for
this Orwellian Office of Strategic Propaganda (OSP) and I thought the
NYTimes would lead the way in denouncing the idea in no uncertain terms.
When I turned to the op-ed page Wednesday morning, I found a secondary
editorial that said the idea of such an agency was not very nice and
maybe it should not be done. That's it folks. In rolling over so
quietly, the NYT must be part of the plot. I knew The Wall Street
Journal would not say a word about it, as the editorial page has been
taking orders from Richard Perle ever since his father-in-law, Albert
Wohlstetter, died four years ago. Wohlstetter was the behind-the-scenes
genius who masterminded nuclear strategy against the Soviet Union, and
Perle was his Minister of Deception. Perle inherited Albert's vast
private network of agents, a network that includes former British Prime
Minister Maggie Thatcher. The idea of an Office of Strategic Influence
can only have come from Perle and its only purpose would be to foment
the casus belli which would prove to the world that it should join the
Coalition to Bring Down Saddam. I note the Times story says "Secretary
of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, while broadly supportive of the new
office, has not approved its specific proposals and has asked the
Pentagon's top lawyer, William J. Haynes, to review them, senior
Pentagon officials said." Of course, Lawyer Haynes has had his mind
clouded too, and has no idea of the evil intent behind this "black
operation." The Times reports a senior Pentagon official saying: "It
goes from the blackest of the black to the whitest of the white."
Feeling the heat of widespread alarm and criticism within the foreign
policy establishment over the OSI mission, Sec. Rumsfeld now gives
assurances that the DOD will "tell the American people and the people of
the world the truth." But then, why is there still a need for the OSI?
Certainly the Pentagon does not need a second press office, but as long
as the OSI remains, the probability for deliberate lies and
disinformation is high.
If you do not believe me, way down in its story the Times says: "To help
the new office, the Pentagon has hired the Rendon Group, a
Washington-based international consulting firm run by John W. Rendon
Jr., a former campaign aide to President Jimmy Carter. The firm, which
is being paid about $100,000 a month, has done extensive work for the
Central Intelligence Agency, the Kuwaiti royal family and the Iraqi
National Congress, the opposition group seeking to oust President Saddam
Hussein... the firm is well known for running propaganda campaigns in
Arab countries, including one denouncing atrocities by Iraq during its
1990 invasion of Kuwait."
The Times reporters, James Dao and Eric Schmitt, are practically giving
us hand signals that this is a Perle/Wolfowitz black operation from the
gitgo and the object is to spread stories of Iraqi atrocities of one
kind or another. If I know Perle, he will have several Iraqi "defectors"
turn up in places where there are no Pentagon fingerprints, telling of
Saddam's plans to wipe out Israel with chemical or biological weapons he
already has on hand. In a February 2 debate with Leon Fuerth, a
professor at George Washington University, Perle insisted action against
Saddam cannot wait for more than "weeks or months." Richard expects the
bombing of Iraq to begin in early September, so the American people will
rally behind President Bush and the Republicans in the Congressional
elections. This means his propaganda campaign has to get underway
forthwith. In the debate, Perle revealed that "it would be a great
mistake to insist on the return of the inspectors. Because if Saddam
were shrewd enough to take us up on it, it might make it more difficult
for us to act in other respects." In other words, the objective is not
to find weapons of mass destruction at all, but to kill as many Iraqi
people as are necessary to kill Saddam, and to heck with the
Fuerth actually put the question to Perle: Suppose Saddam says "I have
the capability to launch missiles with chemical or biological warheads
against the gulf states, Saudi Arabia and Israel, and if I'm attacked
I'm going to go ahead and destroy as many people in those countries as
possible, just as you're proposing to kill the Iraqi people," what if it
comes down to that? What do we do? To which Perle replies: "I'm not sure
we would need Saudi Arabia....and the scenario you've just painted
(laughter) is a reason for not attempting to enlist the Saudis. Israel
is a special situation. Israel is menaced by Saddam in a way that most
Israelis understand...although no one can give you a guarantee that he
could not successfully launch a weapon of mass destruction within the
ranges of his present missile force."
You see, editors of the Fourth Estate, Richard Perle is a madman,
totally out of control, possessed by the Forces of Darkness. If Albert
Wohlstetter were alive, he would tell Perle that chances are another six
million Jews would perish in a second Holocaust, if his Orwellian black
operation were to move forward. If any of you editors would take the
trouble to look further into the operations of the Rendon Group, you
will no doubt find it helped with most, if not all, of the falsehoods
spread about Iraqi atrocities over the past dozen years. Perle knows
Saddam never "gassed his own people." He also knows Saddam never
attempted to assassinate former President Bush, the daddy of our current
President. Perle is the Prince of Darkness, the most evil man on the
face of the earth. Hannibal Lecter only ate his victims one at a time.
Perle likes to eat them en masse.
[Copyright © 2002 SupplySideInvestor.com]
"Deep down, I believe that a little anti-Semitism is a good thing for the
Jews - reminds us who we are." --Jay Lefkowitz (NYT Magazine. 12 F. 1995, 65) Jay
Lefkowitz is now Deputy assistant to President Bush and Director of Domestic
Policy Council. A sick man! Don't you think?
When things are investigated, knowledge is extended.
When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere.
When the will is sincere, the mind is correct.
When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated.
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