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Learning from Terrorists, Use Asymmetric War Strategies for Political
Goals;. Bush's "Stay the Course," meaning "Re-Elect
Me" is a Psycholinguistic meme
By Rob Kall
It is clear, after seeing the way Bush's third prime time press
conference was handled, with a strobing tie pulsing at a an epileptogenic
frequency, that drove viewers to turn off the TV, that the
Republicans are using the same weapon as the terrorists they claim to be
at war with-- asymmetrical tactics. These tactics involve using the media,
using language, memes, archetypes, psy-ops, so that the battle is not
fought on an even playing field.
Here's a definition of asymmetrical warfare, as defined by the National
Defense University in a paper, McNair
Paper 62, The Revenge of the Melians: Asymmetric Threats and the
next QDR, November 2000
Leveraging inferior tactical or operational strength against
American vulnerabilities to achieve disproportionate effect with the aim
of undermining American will in order to achieve the asymmetric actor's
strategic objectives. The key differences in this proposed
definition are the element of disproportionate effect--achieving
strategic objectives through application of modest resources-- and the
explicit recognition of the importance of the psychological
component. These elements are essential to considering how an asymmetric
actor can achieve strategic objectives through an operation--even a
failed operation--that, from the perspective of the larger power, is
only a tactical attack.
"Stay the Course" is the right's latest meme phrase-- a
mantra that will resonate through the loyal forty percent of the
population that unthinkingly dittos whatever garbage the neocon and other
right wing strategists pump into their biased media/echo chamber. But it's
not about the "war" in Iraq.
There's no dispute that Iraq must be helped in its rebirth as a
democratic nation. Even John Kerry, even Dennis Kucinich want that, albiet,
with full UN participation. Yet today, Google-News finds 3700
"hits" referring to Bush's repeated phrase "Stay the
Course." Checking by date, there were under 1700
"hits" on the phrase at the beginning of the month.
Yesterday, today, and probably for the near future, right wing media
personalities, pundits and spin-meisters were and will be echoing Bush's
words again and again.
On "Hardball," Chris Matthews asks "who isn't in favor
of 'staying the course?"
Matthews is referring to remaining committed to helping Iraq.
But that's not where the Bush team's idea for staying the course ends.
It was no coincidence that the phrase was used so often, by so many.
Between Bush Whitehouse strategist Karl Rove and former far right
strategist and current president of FOX news, Roger Ailes, this new meme
phrase is all about keeping George W. Bush in office.
When you hear it said, know that it is a symbol, a way of programming
the susceptible to think of Bush going all the way, Bush winning the
election, Bush continuing as president-- as disgusting and frightening an
idea that may be.
It is clear that the disaster that Bush and his Republican colleagues
dragged us into in Iraq is not something we can leave in the near future.
We must stay there, recruiting the rest of the world, to prevent a total
meltdown in middle east. We can expect things to get worst now that Bush
has stupidly made foreign policy decisions on the spot, in a press
conference, declaring that he is just about 100% behind Sharon's new
plans which involve annexing part of the West Bank and declaring that the
Palestinians have no right of return.
This election will see cultural battlefields like no other election
ever before. The images, symbols and archetypes that will be tapped and
energized will seem dirty and ugly, unfair and frightening. Bush's people,
claiming to be fighting a war on terrorism, will be terrorizing the USA
with the most divisive campaign, the most divisive strategies to engage
targeted constituencies since the civil war. Expect guns, bibles, books,
education, taxes, dead soldiers, dead 911 victims... to be used and abused
in ways you never imagined.
The good news is Bush is looking dumber and dumber, with rumors that
he's back on the bottle. He looked like was on an SRI anti-depressant at
his evening stupidthon press conference. But his proxies will carry on the
battles while he's vacationing on the Ranch.
As the Bush Cheney numbers get worse and worse, it will be more and
more likely that Cheney will experience a "cardiac event" that
"forces" him to withdraw from his candidacy, probably at the
time of the Republican convention in New York. This will change the
equations, quantum leap the campaign, and force the Kerry camp to react
last minute, with minimal warning. That's the way asymmetric warfare
works. If Kerry's smart, he'll save his VP pick so the right wing attack
machine won't be able to build momentum on attacking his choice.
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