How To Sell A War

Tyler Durden's picture

With the spigot of propaganda wide open and Washington appearing increasingly bent on instigating the next war, we thought lessons from past "wars" might help the people when thinking about what is spoon-fed to them each and every day. "To Sell A War" is a documentary that first aired in December 1992 exposing the Citizens for a Free Kuwait campaign as public relations spin to gain public opinion support for the Gulf War. Among other things, it reveals that Nurse Nayirah was in fact Nijirah al-Sabah, the daughter of Kuwait's ambassador to the United States Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, coached by Hill & Knowlton to forge her infamous testimony about Iraqi soldiers removing babies from incubators, which was widely reported and repeated throughout the media.


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SafelyGraze's picture

white house releases Authentic satellite images proving that missile launchers were born in russia

lorena fuddy 

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Xibalba's picture

Hill+Knowlton, ... hmmmm where have I heard that name before??  Is that the same firm that Big tobacco hired to sell the public that tobabcco was safe?  Is that the same firm that Big Oil has hired to sell fracking as safe?  


hint: yes

Fracking and the gas and oil industry[edit]


In 2009, members of America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), a lobbying organization for the gas industry, spread $80 million in funds across several agencies that included Hill & Knowlton to try to influence decisions on the process of gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking".[17] Similar to the strategy it employed for the pro-cigarette campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, the company seeks to raise doubt in the public's mind about the dangers of fracking.

notadouche's picture

Not much different than the lobbying organization trying to sell the notion of "clean coal" perhaps the most laughable oxymoron of all time.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

IF 'Mericans want decent news in English, getting is from the Canadian sources -- where they hire people with real Journalsim degress -- is the place to go.

Part of the reason is that it's OK for Canadians to have more of the real truth, because their leaders won't make a difference in NY or DC anyway... so, "Who cares if Canucks know what's going on!" is the mentality.

For similar reasons, but less so, they are also not too troubled about disclosures in the UK or EU... Because, as long as their politicians toe the American line, all the the US Regime needs to do, is to "manage" the US public.  It's pure "asset allocation" priorities for TPTB.  Sad, but true.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Harper is a zionist stooge just like Obama.  Also, good luck questioning the official WW2 narrative in the great white zio north.

crazzziecanuck's picture

THe USA is the most propagandized population in the world.

How else can you maintain such staggering levels of inequality?  In other places, like North Korea, they can just "disappear" dissidents into the back of black cars.  Can't do that (yet) in the USA.

That's why propaganda is a prerequisite for maintaining central power in the hands of a tiny elite.  That's why the USA is very Orwellian.  The elite have tricked members of the Outer Party to be the controllers of the proles on behalf of the Inner Party elite.

Just as in 1984, if a person approaches an average person on the street the receipient of any contrary information will either be indifferent or incapable of understanding (proles) or actually hostile (other members of the Outer Party).  Outer Party organizational structures like professional associations and the mass media keep members of the Outer Party "in line."


Bad Attitude's picture

"In other places, like North Korea, they can just 'disappear' dissidents into the back of black cars. Can't do that (yet) in the USA."

No need to "disappear" dissidents. Just accuse them of a sex crime - rape, pedophilia, or having child porn on their computer. They are automatically assumed guilty, publicly shamed, their life destroyed, and they ultimately end up in prison. The few that have the will and resources to fight the accusation are financially ruined - the process is the punishment. There are enough real sex criminals that the accusation against any dissident is accepted without question.

Forward (over the cliff)!

Hugh G Rection's picture

2 thumbs down for Sun Tzu, or for pointing out Israel is a lying pile of shit?

SHRAGS's picture

Cant be Sun Tzu as he doesn't have access to the raw ingest required for fraudulent online poll rigging.

CH1's picture

2 thumbs down for...

Your sick obsession with Jews.

Hugh G Rection's picture

Mmmm Hmmmm...


Actually pal, I'm trying to save a lot of Jewish people from the invariable blowback when the world awakens to Zionism.  I'm non violent, and have never been in so much as a fist fight.  Imagine how folks down in the bible belt will react when they realize 9/11 was a Mossad false flag, their Country has been hijacked by AIPAC and the zio banking cabal, and they've been played for fools.

BigJim's picture

'Imagine' is about all we can do, as I doubt it'll ever happen.

People love their brainwashing. They will die to defend it and the people who crammed it into their heads in the first place.

kchrisc's picture

"War is a racket." - Smedley Butler

BigJim's picture

"Yeah, but this is a racquet." - Bjorn Bjorg

HardAssets's picture

That looks a helluva lot like trees & bushes in my neighbors backyard

hibou-Owl's picture

I thought a missile was a pointy thing, not a low resolution picture that looks like some farmers pile of straw.

Come on US, if you want to justify a war make it look a little more realistic.

lordbyroniv's picture


The truth is that I never shook my shadow
Every day it's trying to trick me into doing battle
Calling out "faker" only get me rattled
Want to pull me back behind the fence with the [cattle]
Building your [lenses]
Digging your trenches
Put me on the front line
Leave me with a dumb mind
With no defenses
But your defenses
If you can't stand to feel the pain then you are senseless

[Since] this
I've grown up some
Different kind of fighter
And when the darkness come let it inside you
Your darkness is shining
My darkness is shining
Have faith in myself

I've seen a million numbered doors on the horizon
Now which is the future you choosen before you gone dying.
I'll tell you 'bout a secret I've been underminding
Every little lie in this world come from dividing
Say you're my lover, say you're my homie,
Tilt my chin back slit my throat take a bath in my blood get to know me
All out of my secrets
All my enemies are turning into my teachers.
Because, lights blinding, no way dividing what's yours or mine when everything's shining
You darkness is shining my darkness is shining
Have faith in ourselves
Yes I'm only loving, only trying to only love
That's what I'm trying to do is only loving
Yes I'm only lonely loving feeling only loving
Till I'm feeling only loving
Ya say it ain't loving ain't loving my loving
But I'm only loving only loving only loving
Only loving the truth.

ebworthen's picture

"She turned me into a newt!"

Point being, it is a witch hunt, just like the:  Syrian "gas attacks", and the "inflammatory video" that "caused" the deaths in Libya, and the "WMD" in Iraq, and the "Tonkin Gulf attack", etc., etc., etc.

"It got better"...then..."It doesn't matter, she's a Witch!  Burn her!".

junction's picture

Posted earlier on zerohedge was a link to an array of photos showing damage to the flight MH17 passenger jet.  The ragged holes in the fuselage look like the jet was riddled with cannon fire, yet the SU-25 jets the Ukrainians have supposedly only have a top altitude of 23,000 feet.  So, how to explain those holes, if a SU-25 jet and not a BUK missile shot down the jet?  The black box and the air traffic control recordings would show the jet's altitude before it went down.  Was MH17 flying at 33,000 feet or was it flying much lower for some reason.  Say, did the Kiev controller tell the pilot there was turbulent weather ahead and to divert to a lower flight corridor to avoid that turbulence.

giovanni_f's picture

The SU-25 can make 35000 ft minimum, the coffin corner being still higher. That often cited service ceiling number is way below that fighters real range. Find and ask an aviation expert you can trust.

The_Dude's picture

I'm pretty sure that if this MH17 thing doesn't escalate the fighting that we will have satelite images revealing underground gas chambers soon...

kchrisc's picture

I heard that they have "yellowcake" from Niger. LOL

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Yellowcake? Is that what's stamped on those $10 heroin packets?

Winston Churchill's picture

The whole storyline never rang true, in a lot of ways.

Didn't stop the US sheeple buying it hook, line ,and sinker.

The undeniable 30 mm cannon shell damage may have been the primary cause,or the coup de grace,

of downing the plane, but the sheeple will believe the federalists had fighter jets if told so by

the MSM, and Uncle Scam.

The european public are not buying it. The US is isolating itself even more, if thats possible .

Americans have no concept of the RoW's antipathy, even among supposed allies , even before MH17.

Zabugrom1's picture

"She turned me into a newt!"  

Who is the problem, a snake oil Seller or a snake oil Buyer? 

junction's picture

For the past six hours, the Drudge Report banner headline is Bibi tells White House "not to ever second guess me again."  The problem now for Netanyahu is that he lied about the Israeli soldier being taken hostage by Hamas.  Instead, this soldier, along with others, was busy violating the truce by attacking a Hamas tunnel complex in the first minutes of the truce.  Who killed this soldier is also in question, was it friendly fire?  Netanyahu made a mistake belittling Obama.    



WASHINGTON (AP) -- Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.


kchrisc's picture

This "Israel being 'dissed'," propaganda is just hilarious.

Anyone paying attention knows that the DC US is Israel's bitch and that the only questions the puppets on the Potomac ask is "How hi?"

And this whole Ukraine/Syrian thing is all Israel's doing in the first place for their pipeline and Lebensraum.


"Some see a star, I see a six-pointed swastika."

Paveway IV's picture

First Obama defies Bibi, then the New York Times pisses off Israeli military: 

Israel’s Military Censors Demand ‘Prior Review’ Of NYT’s Gaza Reporting [MintPress]

If congress doesn't start forcing Americans to be obedient to the will of Israel, then those pictures of U.S. senators on top of little boys WILL be released.

And American taxpayers better stop whining about the $3.1 billion in annual military aid and just pay the fuck up. Israel didn't sell all of those 350 W54 nuclear warheads that it got from the U.S. to third-world countries. It still has a few that it upgraded to maybe 2 - 3 kiloton yield stashed away in Dimona. Israel will not hesitate to nuke U.S. citizens that refuse to financially support Israel's right to exist.

Refusing to send your tax dollars to Israel is tantamount to terrorism. God damn it... OBEY!

q99x2's picture

Propagandists do not fear God and invalidate life. Caliphate going to get them.

Atomizer's picture

How Islam Built The Very Fabric of America

Bunifa goes Through Airport Security

Just a little humor. BTW, Debra was smoking hot back in the day.. Always enjoyed her skits.

nmewn's picture

Ummm, I know this is going to sound pedantic to some (you know who you are) but exactly what were Iraqi soldiers doing in Kuwait?


Was it something I said outside the proposed narrative? ;-)

Schmuck Raker's picture

Providing the US a pretense to invade Iraq?

nmewn's picture

The timeline is 1990, the raping & pillaging of Iraqi troops is absolutely undeniable and to be fair, some were shot by their commanders for doing it...the raping, not the pillaging.

But I ask again, what were Iraqi troops doing in Kuwait so that propaganda could be used as the pretext for a multi-nation ouster of Iraqi troops?

disabledvet's picture

A better look is understanding how the Ambassador to Iraq at the time of Gulf War I pretty much told Saddam Hussein upon building up a massive military that could only be used for one purpose that "the US has no position in this matter."

I remember right after 9/11 folks saying to me "if we don't fight them over there we'll have to fight them over here." I think folks here in the USA are starting to wonder about this form of propaganda insofar as the sales pitch goes.

That happens after twelve years of fighting. "Reality sets in."

nmewn's picture

The best thing to ever happen in this country, is right/left & tweens saying no to Obama's redline.

I really don't care (tangentially) if rape, murder & torture is common over there, I care if its carried out here. The governement (not we, them) is seventeen trillion in debt, to itself.

That is what should concern them.

shovelhead's picture

Ain't no thang. It's on the tab.

Working Joe will pick it up.

He doesn't know about bail-ins.


AnAnonymous's picture

what were Iraqi troops doing in Kuwait so that propaganda could be used as the pretext for a multi-nation ouster of Iraqi troops?

What were they doing? Not enough as it took tales like this nurse's to strengthen the narrative. They did not enough to sell the story by itself.

Agstacker's picture

So why not be honest and say we are going to invade Iraq because they have oil, why lie about WHY we are doing it?

nmewn's picture

The article in question pertains to Saddams invasion of Kuwait (1990). I guess you could ask Australia, the UK, France, Egypt, Canada and the thirty or so others the same question.

I'd start with the Ottomans and the Brits first though ;-)

ACP's picture

Yeah, this article is a bad example because Iraq actually invaded Kuwait.

It didn't occur because of some "perceived threat", but an actual event that had already taken place.


ACP's picture

Judging by the downvotes, apparently a lot of people here fully support pre-emtive strikes, especially ones perpetrated by dictators in the middle east.

Good thing they aren't in charge in the US, or we'd be occupying Canada and Mexico.

Al Huxley's picture

Historically, Iraq has apparently always considered Kuwait to be a part of their territory (borders being somewhat arbitrarily drawn up in colonial days).  Saddam at the time was good buddies with the US (remember the picture of Rumsfeld and Hussein arm in arm during the Reagan years).  So Saddam asks the US Ambassador for his blessing to invade - just to make sure he's got their approval so he doesn't damage the friendship.  So the ambassador tells Saddam something along the lines of 'we don't consider these types of issues to be any of our business'.  What Saddam doesn't know is that the US military is developing some really high-end battle simulation software, and they've just done a simulation of what would happen if they had to fight a war with the Iraqis and the simulation software says they'll totally kick ass, but they need to validate it.  So they tell Saddam 'yeah go ahead knock yourself out' and he invades.  Then they act all shocked 'how could you do this!' and kick off desert storm - and damn! that simulation software works just great - pretty much nailed exactly how the whole thing would turn out. 


So not to say Saddam was justified in invading, but it wasn't exactly the big shock to the US govt that it's been made out to be.  It was disaster capitalism at it's finest - never let a good crisis go to waste.

Socratic Dog's picture

Wonder if that simulation extended out, say, 24 years, to 2014, and predicted the rise of the caliphate?  Must have, if it was so good.

I don't fucking think.

pods's picture

One reason I saw was that Kuwait was trying to "drink Iraq's milkshake" as well as remove babies from incubators.


ACP's picture

I see, so the Iraqi aggression was all about oil, which is OK for them to do, but no one else.

And the incubator reason makes no sense. It was the Iraqs who were doing that in Kuwait. Unless some Kuwaitis were sneaking into Iraq and removing Iraqi babies from incubators? Please clarify.