Disinformation and Global Diplomacy

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Even as the White House is gearing up a campaign to project a more positive image and counteract anti-Americanism around the world, Europeans have expressed outrage and President Bush alarm at a Pentagon plan for "information warfare." Today, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld closed the Office of Strategic Influence, defending its credibility and attacking reports that it intended to spread false stories. Can the US pose as a model of freedom while spreading half-truths, or is the use of disinformation business as usual? We look at the Bush Administration's efforts to control America's image around the world, with European journalists and officials from the Reagan and Clinton White House.
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The New York Times

Jane's World Armies

Money Wanders

Propaganda, Inc.: Selling America's Culture to the World

US Defense Department

US State Department

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Chicago Tribune



Warren Olney