Internet Anthropologist Think Tank: What is Paradigm Intel?

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    Monday, March 15, 2010

    What is Paradigm Intel?

    What is Paradigm Intel?

    There are many forms, we will be looking at one form today.
    Action vs Text.

    The actions vz what they say.

    If you follow the news one might think the Taliban are
    successful or even wining the Insurgent war in Afpak.

    Attacks show Pakistan's Taliban are far from defeated

    In reality the truth is far different.

    The Taliban are loosing big.
    They face defeat any time they battle US forces.
    Drones are attriting their upper level cadre on a regular
    They are funding their activities with drugs.
    They have spun death losses as a positive thing,
    The populations in Afpak are turning on the Taliban.
    Their biggest weapons are suicide bombers and IEDs.
    They lose every battle.
    There are thousands of Muslim spy working
    against them.
    There are two on going fronts in the heartland of the Pashtoons.
    Both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Operating in the heartland of the Pashtun Tribe.
    Bring it home to the Taliban.
    All because of the al Qaeda cult.
    #1 is Marjeh, Helmand, Afghanistan a US major push.
    #2 is N and S Waziristan, Paki Army major push.
    Time for a Joint Af-Pak Mil cross border force.

    So what is the cause for the "Text" view of the Taliban sucess?

    Kanna-machi, Japan

    The United States military, has struggled with how to manage media coverage of the war in Afghanistan – and even the most basic approaches to an effective public-relations campaign.

    A haphazard approach causes significant harm to the war effort: Coverage of repeated televised apologies overshadows progress made by troops on the ground, and effective Taliban propaganda continues without adequate repudiation. With an effective media/public relations policy, the military could leverage news organizations to be an invaluable resource in fighting the Taliban.
    Despite what polemicists on both sides claim, the media has not been motivated by political bias in its coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan. Rather, ratings – and the advertising dollars they command – have been the driving force shaping media coverage.
    As the public’s attitude toward the mission in Afghanistan has soured, so, too has the tone taken by the media in its coverage of the war. News coverage is dominated by stories of corrupt Afghan officials and the newest trend, civilian deaths, leaving coalition commanders to engage in an endless cycle of public apologies.
    Even during the fierce fighting last month in Marjah, Afghanistan, the media was filled with stories of civilian casualties, forcing repeated apologies and pledges of restraint from Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
    Therein lies the first problem with the US military’s media strategy: It is impossible to win a war if one spends half the time apologizing. Compounding this, pledges to avoid civilian deaths, short of a stop to all military operations, are unfeasible. What the military ends up with is a public relations disaster and essentially “wins the battle, but loses the war.”
    Coalition troops may have scored a solid tactical victory in routing the Taliban from Marjah, but that triumph was overshadowed, even characterized, by coverage of civilian deaths and Gen. McChrystal shamefacedly appearing on TV to apologize. Worse, it will be another asset for the Taliban to use in its propaganda and recruiting campaigns.

    As it stands now, however, the military’s PR incompetence makes the media akin to a lead weight on the shoulders of a marathon runner.
    The second problem is the Taliban’s savvier use of propaganda. Unlike NATO forces, they don’t allow reporters virtually unfettered access, so they can make wild propaganda claims that go unchallenged, both by the media who eagerly report them, or by the military.

    To deal with Taliban propaganda, the US must forcefully denounce claims of exaggerated civilian/coalition troop deaths, or inflammatory accusations by the Taliban. At the same time, the military must do a better job of framing body counts, positively rebuilding stories, and particularly highlighting heroic efforts by military personnel for a media that desperately wants high ratings and online traffic.
    It is simply unacceptable for a rag-tag, poorly funded group such as the Taliban to so handily deliver one public relations defeat after another to arguably the most powerful force on earth. A revamped media/PR strategy is essential to bring the war in Afghanistan to a successful conclusion. And that would be the best story of all.

    A LIE:
    Posted enough times
    Over a long enough period,
    to enought sites,
    Without equal refutation
    over an equal time frame
    and as many sites,
    will become the Truth 
    on the Internet.

    They can win the Info war just
    by out posting the Truth.

    Internet Anthropologist




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