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.”