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Al Qaeda Hates Our Policies, Not Our Freedoms
Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity comments on a report of the Defense Science Board.
George Bush and Dick Cheney during the election campaign repeatedly referred to Al Qaeda terrorists as hating us as Americans and hating our freedoms and therefore we must fight them in Iraq. A report of the Defense Science Board of the U.S. Defense Department contradicts the president and vice-president. The report on Strategic Communication was finished in September but not released until after the election.
The report concludes:
"Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy...
"...Nor can the most carefully crafted messages, themes, and words persuade when the messenger lacks credibility.”
Former intelligence official Ray McGovern discusses these points along with how the New York Times has covered the report.
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