What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Monday, February 28, 2011

This blogpost is an information operation (sort of)

Yes, all in all, I believe that Joe Harlan is right. Information operations certainly cannot work
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as Lt.Col. Holmes suggests in Michael "McChrystal-clearer" Hastings' article for the
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Rolling Stone magazine. Information operations are not mechanical, undetected manipulations
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that allow you to "plant ideas" in people's heads, as Leo di Caprio would, in Inception.
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From a civilian-military interaction point of view, though, this kind of methodical attempt
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at persuading visiting politicians to back the military's agenda and preferences
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is certainly worth noting, Hastings is right in at least that. But who would honestly say that by keeping PSYOP specialists
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away from assignments of this kind you would not get similar attemtps at trying
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to convince Congresspeople and European ministers of this or that. With uncertainty
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in any case as to whether such an attempt will be successful, of course.
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As to me, I probably was not successful in planting my opinion about Hastings' article
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in your head, dear reader, by inserting it in between the lines... Anyway, I have nothing to do with this post. The NATO Training Mission made me write it (irony alert).

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