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    Wednesday, March 02, 2011

    Why US lost the Infowar in Paki




    Recently on twitter I had an exchange of
    tweetes with a Pakistani living here in
    the US.

    Most of the discussion was over the
    arrest of Davis.
    He was very sincere and held his
    views from the heart, adamant
    and sure of himself and information.



    And his belief system was loaded
    with propaganda and lies, which
    he completely believed. He had no
    sources, he had just read it all over
    the WWW. And HE lives in the US.

    He had no concept of checking sources,
    or even what an authoritative source was.

    There is an unstated paradigm on the WWW
    I've talked about before,
    A lie repeated on the WWW,
    enough times,
    in enough places.
    over an long enough time
    Becomes the popular 'TRUTH'.



    A recent example I've run into
    recently is Davis was working
    with/for the Taliban.

    And its believed in Pakistan.
    I checked the Pakistan defense forum
    and the Taliban Infowar has penetrated
    even there.

    Now be sure its not the Taliban sites
    pumping out this propaganda,
    its front groups, pumping out
    " a nationalism pro-Pakistan "
    line, and its just the Taliban speel
    repackaged under a "nationalism"
    Banner.
    http://www.PakNationalists.com

    And if its penetrated the Pakistan defense
    forum, then they won the Infowar.

    The US military Paradigm doesn't
    fully recognize the Cyber element as
    a domain yet, they give lip service
    but are not really serious.

    The US military run the Infowar
    as and after thought, an adjunct
    minor force multiplier.

    Like its part of a Psyops unit.
    And they are pushing the Infowar
    psyops concept on all fronts.

    And Pakistan is going to teach them
    a new paradigm.
    In Pakistan the Infowar troops are
    as valuable as the "REAL" troops
    in the field.

    The Paki, ISI, Taliban cyber Infowar
    troops are winning, may have won
    already.



    If you have good cyber Infowar troops
    you might not even have to have "REAL"
    troops fighting on the ground.

    What do these Infowar cyber troops do?
    I don't fear the terrorists,
    I fear their unanswered lies.
    Paki's know their Government is
    corrupt but even that is blamed on
    the Americans.

    The Infowar in Paki is blaming
    the US for the Taliban suicide bombings.
    And its being believed.

    Cyber troops answer these lies,
    with truth, logic and confront the
    propaganda.

    Propaganda, no matter how false,
    will be believed,
    posted to enough places,
    enough times,
    over a long enough period.

    Reference Hitlers Big lie.


    Cyber Infowar troops hunt down
    these lies and answer them.
    Confront the liars every time,
    every where,
    and for as long as they post them.

    How many "Real" troops does US
    have in Afpak? Around 130,000
    and how many defending the Truth
    maybe 100 and those are concentrated
    on tracking down perps.

    The psyops arm has gotten stronger
    more wide ranging but still is a red head
    step child. Not quite trusted or believed.

    If the US military machine had 5000
    cyber Infowar warriors posting
    I doubt there would be this doubt about
    Davis working with/for the Taliban.

    The US military still doesn't take
    the Infowar domain seriously.
    The Infowar has to be in hand
    before you can bring in civilian
    SysAdmin.

    The military does have some grasp
    of the operational capabilities,
    They have software to create 100's of
    fictitious personalties on the social media
    Sites, to entrap wana bees.
    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/03/
    jihadis-next-online-buddy-could-be-a-soldier/

    There is only 5 or 8 cities in Afpak
    hooked to the WWW, and the indigenous
    reporters are influenced by what they read.
    And reflect it in their writing.

    The Paki Ummah are not stupid, but
    have been duped, because US cyber Infowar
    force is MIA, The insurgents have an unobstructed
    playing field.

    The same principles that Anwar al-Awlaki uses
    to recruit lone wolf players, applies to the Paki
    people but on a different level and scope.

    The hate and anger the Paki people feel towards
    Davis isn't because of him or even generated by
    him, its towards America from the unanswered
    Nationalistic, insurgent propaganda.

    Same tacit the GOP use in most elections,
    they cut off programs for the poor but
    still get their votes.
    Anti- min. wage, health care, unions, heating,
    etc, and write bills to give Billionaires tax breaks
    during a recession, and still the poor and middle
    class vote for them.

    If the Military Cyber Info troops could
    win hearts and minds, or even sway them
    to the truth, support for the Taliban would
    fall and casualties would fall.



    US military has won every battle,
    defeats every army,
    repels every attack,
    but lost the Paki people.
    The US definitely hasn't lost,
    but they haven't won.

    And the time to go home is rapidly
    approaching.

    The troops need a cyber info guard,
    a sizable force, telling the truth,
    or the Lies, propaganda
    posted enough
    over a long enough time
    and in enough places
    becomes the popular truth.

    And we have the current situation
    in Pakistan.
    US is very reasonable, logical,
    fair and civil.
    But thats NOT the perception
    in Pakistan.

    In Pakistan US is viewed as
    evil, killing civilians, and working
    with the Taliban.

    Its nutz, but I think its an accurate
    read. Good paradigm Intel.


    Gerald
    War Anthropologist

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    1 Comments:

    OpenID cannoneerno4 said...

    Same tacit the GOP use in most elections, they cut off programs for the poor but still get their votes.
    Anti- min. wage, health care, unions, heating, etc, and write bills to give Billionaires tax breaks during a recession, and still the poor and middle
    class vote for them.


    Very difficult to take you seriously after you insert the above gratuitous GOP-bashing into what would have otherwise been a fairly decent post.

    6:53 AM  

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