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  •  Vietnam: A History (16+ / 0-)

    Stanley Karnow's basic book about the Vietnam War contains passages about how Congressional delegations were "handled" back during that war.  Our government "minders" operate like those employed by other countries--the celebrity visitors are shown what the career officers and administrators want them to see.  

    We're all in this together.

    by JTML on Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 02:40:41 PM PST

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    •  don't allow too much confidence (3+ / 0-)
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      Ray Radlein, Simplify, Granny Doc

      in the military's ability to cover the details more so than in any other operation.

      Or doubt that congress critters aren't clever enough to peer through the cracks.

      •  Judgement (3+ / 0-)

        You don't have to be a Congressman, either — just someone with a working knowledge of human nature, an understanding of the operations of PR, and access to the folks who have to live in the local reality.

        It's like the times when I've worked at jobs that involve interacting with large companies: You may listen to what the upper management or the marketing staff tells you about a project, but if you want the truth, you talk to the engineers or the IT staff who are actually working on it.

    •  Reminds me of famous Nam era Eddie Adams pic (0+ / 0-)

      For what its worth:

      The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths...What the photograph didn't say was, 'What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?' How do you know you wouldn't have pulled the trigger yourself?

      Guilt or innocence; motive or lack of, isn't the issue here. It is the "manipulation" and "skewering" of the facts until the facts are lost.

      Some background and the famous image re Nguyen Ngoc Loan

      "here is my is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

      by Sigrid of Horg on Wed Jan 10, 2007 at 11:28:40 PM PST

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