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What I Learned at a Conservative Think Tank: Propaganda Now, Facts Later!

Posted on November 21st, 2012 at 16:53 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


My first assignment was to write a policy brief about presidential war powers. I was removed from the project after I wrote a draft that began with the observation that the U.S. constitution divides war powers between Congress and the president, and gives the most important war powers — the power to declare war and to fund it — to Congress. The higher-ups at Heritage reassigned the paper to a Wall Street Journal staffer, who provided them with what they wanted: a brief arguing that the president has absolute, uncontrollable power in foreign affairs.

  1. Facts? Who still uses that? Isn’t that what we used to send trade orders to our brokers before online trading came along?

  2. Well, yes, but there are stages before war where an American president can respond to certain acts of aggression (or perceived threat) and still land the Republic with a condition bordering on war without war being declared and where withholding funding would be perceived as disloyal or ever traitorous, in other words a fait accompli. In these modern times, where it’s all war by proxy, you just need to fund the faction you prefer and let others do the fighting, or Send in the Drones, as the hit number from the forthcoming musical of 21st Century war would have it.

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