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July 15, 2009

AFGHANISCAM

Norman Solomon, Counterpunch - The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now. That's how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually.

A few times since last fall, the Obama team has floated rising numbers for how many additional U.S. soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Now, deployment of 21,000 more is a done deal, with a new total cap of 68,000 U.S. troops in that country. . .

"Escalation" is a word for a methodical process of acclimating people at home to the idea of more military intervention abroad -- nothing too sudden, just a step-by-step process of turning even more war into media wallpaper --

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile the war propaganda is being tuned to appeal to a 'progressive' audience: We're not fighting "Islamo-fascism" anymore. We're killing for women's rights, secular society, etc.

July 16, 2009 6:50 AM  

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