Spinning the War

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A briefing for allied military spokesmen in Afghanistan has come up with a list of Don’t’s and Do’s.

First Don’t:

Lie or spin.

First Do:

Stick to the facts.

Having been at the receiving end of lots of briefings on military campaigns, Battleland finds the guidelines pretty good, actually.

Yet there remains a conflict between the progress being claimed in Afghanistan by the public spokespeople, and the less-positive assessments gleaned in private chats with U.S. and allied officials on the ground there.

There’s even a tug-of-war among U.S. military officers over just how optimistic they should be. Tough to draft guidelines about that.

h/t Public Intelligence