War Is Sold Just Like Soda or Toothpaste
by Washington’s Blog
November 3, 2010
White House chief of Staff Andrew Card famously said – in explaining why the Bush administration waited until September to make its case for war in Iraq:
From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.
War is – indeed – marketed just like soda or toothpaste.
Everyone knows that truth is the first casualty of war.
Countries need to lie about their enemies in order to demonize them sufficiently so that the people will support the war.
That is why intelligence “failures” – such as the following – are so common:
The U.S. Navy’s own historians now say that the sinking of the USS Maine — the justification for America’s entry into the Spanish-American War — was probably caused by an internal explosion of coal, rather than an attack by the Spanish.
It is also now well-accepted that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident which led to the Vietnam war was a fiction (confirmed here).
And two lies were used to justify the 1991 Gulf TWar: the statement that Iraqis murdered Kuwaiti babies and the statement that a quarter of a million Iraqi troops were massed on the border with Saudi Arabia (see also this article)(technically, the statement about Kuwaiti babies did not come from the U.S. government, but from a public relations firm hired by the government).