After reading this article in the NY Times this Sunday I was left conflicted. In brief the Times makes a compelling case showing how the Bush administration used military contracts to compel military pundits to promote their pro Iraq war propaganda in the media. Still, I’m left feeling that they’re only getting half the story.
Some of these former military officals were conflicted and spoke out against the bogus intelligence they were being fed, but the pressure to carry pentagon’s water or lose huge military contracts was far too great for some of them. These men in many cases might have personally benefited but I like to think that honor would prevent most of them from blindly advocating false information when soliders lives were at stake. They were being manipulated and the lucrative contracts simply made the lies they were being told that much easier to believe.
No, these former soldiers are just cogs in a far more massive war machine. Pundits are being influenced to help a Bush administration that is getting its imperialist agenda from the military industrial complex in the first place. Eisenhower had it right, and while this story may not have the evidence to close that loop conclusively the trail of money and the fingerprints left on our foreign policy should leave little doubt who is really making the decisions here.