The military has long used open propaganda to advance its cause, but now the U.S. admits to paying Iraqi newspapers to run positive stories about the American effort in Iraq. The military has dubbed the payments a valid effort to fight the vigorous terrorist system of misinformation. Others contend that the military’s program has outgrown its legitimate scope in that paying for stories without explicit reference to their source is disingenuous.
So what are the correct boundaries for Information Warfare? Can and should the U.S. covertly use mainstream media to further its message? Don’t terrorists do the same thing? How important is Information Warfare to the modern battlefield?
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