U.S. Department of Telling the Truth

| December 27, 2002

In all of its plotting and scheming to create a positive self-image that is separate from the world of rogue states and evil empires, the U.S. government seems to have forgotten what a powerful weapon the truth can be.

As Molly Ivins notes in workingforchange.com, the U.S. Defense Department should look beyond funding covert operations aimed at influencing public opinion in friendly nations. She says this type of politicking is both unnecessary and counter productive, because it doesn’t fool anyone and it just makes us look bad.

She would like to see the government start telling it like it is. “The most effective weapon in any information campaign is a reputation for telling the truth,” writes Ivins. “And the only way to get that reputation is to earn it.”

--Nick Garafola

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