The title comes from a Chris Floyd post of July 28, Bodyguard of Lies: The Truth Behind the 'Surge's' Smokescreen.
For some time, I've wondered if Americans realize that they are being lied to by the Pentagon every single day, day in and day out, relentlessly in the matter of the Glorious War On Terror being conducted by our Blameless Forces.
Chris Floyd says:
They tell big lies and small lies, lies of omission and great big fabricated fairy tales, lies to cover up specific acts of crime in the conquered land and lies designed to obscure the big picture of the overarching war crime of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. The first instinct of the propaganda mouthpieces of the Pentagon is, always, to lie, to distort, obfuscate, confuse, exaggerate or diminish -- whatever is required in their relentless campaign to make the foulest of crimes -- mass murder -- look like a noble deed.
This should be a self-evident truth to anyone who has been paying attention, and yet, Our Noble Warriors and their spokespeople are rarely challenged on their constant lying, certainly not by the media and not by Congress, unless it is to offer a "There, there, we understand how difficult your jobs are." Instead, every now and then, when some previous lie is made "inoperative" by some new lie, rarely by new facts (ask the Tillman family), the lies are simply accepted as New Truth, with no discussion, and we go on as if nothing were amiss.
Was it even this bad during the "5 o'clock follies" in Vietnam? Was it this bad when Pravda and Izvestia were parsed from end to end for any hint of the facts of the Soviet Union?
The Pentagon's habit of lying about everything all the time, even when they don't have to lie, is perhaps the single most characteristic aspect of this Glorious War On Terror.