For the next week, On Violence will present a series of posts on the issue of propaganda--in Army parlance “Information Operations.” We will be going off our usual posting schedule and will have posts tomorrow, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Partly inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down, partly by my real world experience, we hope to present some unique views on America’s most important tactic in counter-insurgency. Unfortunately, in Afghanistan, Iraq and the GWOT at large, it is a tactic we are failing to implement.
Our beliefs are simple. As our mom always said, honesty is always the best policy. So many of the American mistakes during the Global War on Terror involved secrecy--as in Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo--or cover ups--as in the circumstances surrounding SGT Pat Tillman’s death. The best propaganda is the truth, and when America tells the truth about itself it is the best propaganda in the world.