How the Pentagon Leaned on Hollywood to Sell the War in Afghanistan (MintPressNews)

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      mrdmk
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      In hundreds of films and TV shows, every single word and image has been closely scrutinized and signed off on by senior military figures, all in an effort to convince viewers into supporting deadly and grossly immoral campaigns around the world.

      by Alan Macleod

       

      HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA — The (official) 20-year U.S. occupation of Afghanistan has come to a close, with the military beating a hasty and ignominious retreat. The puppet Afghan government NATO installed lasted fewer than two weeks on its own, with President Ashraf Ghani fleeing for the UAE, allegedly with around $169 million in cash.

      If the occupation was so unpopular and weak, how was it able to last so long? The Afghanistan Papers — a trove of military documents leaked to The Washington Post — showed that high-ranking government officials knew that the war was unwinnable but were openly lying to the public about how it was going, all while NGOs and military contractors made billions.

      But documents obtained by journalist Tom Secker under the Freedom of Information Act and shared with MintPress also show that Hollywood also played a significant role, knowingly collaborating with the Pentagon to produce pro-war propaganda about Afghanistan, ultimately helping to artificially buoy public opinion on the unwinnable campaign. This typically included giving the Pentagon direct editorial control over scripts and even removing any anti-war content or scenes that would show the military in a negative light. In exchange, the military offered its human resources, its bases as locations for filming, and its wide range of hi-tech vehicles to be used in movies. This quid pro quo effectively turned much of Hollywood, and the entertainment industry more generally, into cheerleaders for imperialism.

      The military-industrial-media complex

      Reading through the documents, what becomes clear is the sheer scale of the military’s involvement in the silver screen, and in pop culture more generally. For instance, between 2015 and 2017, the U.S. Army’s Office of the Chief of Public Affairs West (OCPA-W) — based just outside of Hollywood, CA — was generally working on between 40 and 70 entertainment media projects at one time. The OCPA-W is one of three Army regional offices, the others being in Chicago and New York City. The Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, CIA and other government organizations all have similar agencies and programs aimed at manipulating their image in mass media.

      LINK–MintPressNews, How the Pentagon Leaned on Hollywood to Sell the War in Afghanistan

       

      In light of the passage of the ridicules over-the-top military bill passed by the House, here is what some of that money is going for. A Technicolor Hollywood movie in 7.1 Surround Sound for the latest and greatest propaganda that can be provided to the public. There are several benefits for Hollywood, namely if the movie flops, the producers still make money. That is the level of resources the Pentagon is providing.

      As for the Pentagon, they receive full editorial control of the movie. If they do not like something, it is out. If they want something added, it is in. The whole affair is that bad.

      The major benefit for the Pentagon is recruiting. That is what the editors at the Pentagon first and foremost aim for. Of course, support for the military is another major objective.

      Here is another benefactor from the Pentagon charity, sports. Every time there are men in uniform on the field or planes flying overhead, the owner of the stadium gets paid.

      As a sidenote, one of the most sickening tactics the Pentagon uses for recruiting is, they have recruiting specialists on social media interacting with children. For some reason, these specialist do not have to get parents permission beforehand. Just how much do the social media companies disclose information to the recruiting specialist is not known.

      If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields

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    • #447481
      jbnw
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      If I recall correctly, the whole premise was that there was 24 hours to stop some terrorist attack.

      I never could watch it. It felt like it was selling the whole idea of “be afraid – be very afraid.”

      I was in Tokyo during the sarin gas attacks (one at the station I used late at night, and the next morning after the attack) and on the Moscow subway, know it had also been a target for terrorist attacks.

      I never bought into the whole “check everyone, everywhere” mentality – I’d rather live knowing life has risks than go through endless screenings with metal detectors and body scanners everywhere, even as it becomes more pervasive throughout the world.

    • #447483
      closeupready
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      free to say no to any number of things asked of them. No matter what.

      The corollary I am thinking of applies also to private industry, like the “entertainment” industry studios/film houses. And particularly so since, as corporations, they claim to be people.

      If instead of saying no, you say yes, then you are equally culpable for the consequences of those actions.

      My point being, the Pentagon may have leaned on “Hollywood”, but “Hollywood” saw $$$ and thus eagerly agreed to everything. “Hollywood” probably can’t get enough of the Pentagon.

      To be honest, some of these films are terrific, like “Lone Survivor”. Something really funny about the Pentagon making better films than “Hollywood”, but not really surprising, given how bad so many films are today.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #447484
      GZeusH
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      There are plenty of good Nazis in Hollywood, ready to do what the Fuhrer tells them to.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      My pronouns: vuestra merced, monsieur, господин, pana Bogu, πανίσχυρος Δίας

      • #447489
        mrdmk
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        Joseph McCarthy, his buddies in Congress, The FBI and The CIA saw to that and do their best to continue the trend to this day.

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    • #447485
      retired liberal
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      As long as our elected representatives are chosen for us to vote for, and outright bribery is called ‘campaign contributions’, things will keep getting worse.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
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    • #447492
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      this is patently obvious. Half of every screen now is filled with some sort of blockbuster/superhero. I was commenting to my friend the other day, when was the last time you saw a movie that did NOT have a cartoonish villain/someone with no redeeming human value, who exists merely for the audience to project hate onto. Kids stuff, really. “Ooh, car go bang, explode! OOOH!” “OOH! Good guy kill bad guy! OOH!” $150 million at the box office, guaranteed.

      The movies have become an assembly line “product.” There is very little art left.

      It makes me wonder how a film such as Avatar even got made amid such a climate. That was only about 12 years ago, and is the only film I can think of wherein the military are presented as the cartoonish, warmongering villains that they actually are.

      “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Krishnamurti
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    • #447514
      soryang
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      I’ll trade you one Dick Cheney and one Colin Powell for one Schwarzkopf.

      https://www.cardboardconnection.com/1991-topps-desert-storm-trading-cards

      I had no idea.   You have to brainwash people somehow.   I think it was Allen Dershowitz who posed the question on the torture issue, what if you only had 24 hours to find out from a terrorist where the bomb was planted, blah, blah, blah.

    • #447588
      3fingerbrown
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      I knew there was a reason I stopped watching Hollywood movies years ago.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

    • #447592
      retired liberal
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      Pure fantasy propaganda. The well trained, innocent, honest good guys, against the most evil of evil bad guys.
      The reality is most often, WE are the bad guys doing the atrocities.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.
      Don't forget that the S in IoT stands for Security.

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