A Short Note On Stop Counter Propaganda Of The Middle East

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Our Failure to Stop Counter Propaganda of the Middle East
SGT Robert Jaramillo
SFC Fleshman
SFC Havrish `
The Root of Our Failure In 2003, when the United States of America invaded Iraq, they failed to understand the nation, its populace, and the methods in which anti-American propaganda would be delivered. Because of this short coming we encountered and to this day encounter several difficulties not only in Iraq but in the world abroad. One of the largest problems facing today’s war on terrorism, is the fact that the insurgent recruitment methods do not follow traditional means, as they use every form of media. During the ten years of operation in Iraq, there was an evolution of propaganda and its method of delivery. Additionally advances in technology and social media drastically affected the world’s access to unverified information and opinions during this period and altered the landscape of propaganda. Although, it is difficult to account for changes in technology and the actions of non-state actors as well as the surrounding nations we must conduct better intelligence operations that take a full spectrum look at the environment we will be acting in. This paper will discuss these points, how it affected operations then and now, as well as potential considerations for future operations.
What We Did Not Understand
The first point that must be addressed when looking at counter propaganda in Iraq is our flawed understanding of the environment and the mindset that…

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