• We’re Winning the War Against ISIS! Maybe? On Social Media?

    September 22, 2016

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq

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    Now if we can just stop them from blowing stuff up all the time, this thing is in the bag.



    Social Media Uber Alles

    Despite the reality that propaganda in wartime is as old as dirt, America collectively is freaking out because a lot of ISIS’ takes place on social media. The elderly and feeble who run our government do not understand The Online gizmos and thus are terrified of them and declare they must be turned off with a big switch somewhere.

    The young who serve them and understand little outside their own online bubbly life, all want to get ahead and so are eager to “engage” in online warfare with ISIS as if it was all just a cooler version of Pokemon Go.

    So it was without meaning or surprise that the Obama Administration announced that Twitter traffic to pro-ISIS accounts has fallen 45 percent in the past two years.



    American Strikes Back in the Twitter Wars

    See, two years ago the administration put together an international coalition that’s mostly just America to fight ISIS, with one of the goals being to discourage the popularity of the group online. The “coalition” has been unsuccessful, making “gaffes” that seem, um, amateur. For example, a lot of the content was written solely in English, which sort of didn’t help in that a lot of ISIS people read only Arabic or whatever Chechens speak.

    The State Department, who is in charge of all this media-ing, also spent $1.5 million of your taxpayer money earlier this year making a TV drama for Afghans saying ISIS is bad. Silicon Valley executives even met with top government officials to “game out” strategies to counter Islamic State online.

    There’s been ever so much “messaging” over the last two years. One example is that in honor of #HumanRightsDay 2015, the State Department’s “Think Again Turn Away” program Twittered and Facebooked out the message of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a discredited Islamophobe who says things like Islam itself is a death cult. In 2007, she called for the west to destroy Islam using military force.

    Also, in a whole-of-government effort, everyone calls ISIS “Daesh,” which supposedly is a meany word in Arabic. I guess the idea is that in a war for minds, sending every ISIS fighter to bed angry at being called a name by the Secretary of State is a thing.



    But It’s All Better Now

    According to an Administration spokesperson, the coalition now uses “memes” — like a teddy bear that says ISIS “slaughters childhood” — written in Arabic. And Anonymous declared war on ISIS with, most recently, a member shaming ISIS by hacking their accounts and posting sexy photos of women. The same group once hacked an ISIS web site and replaced it with a Viagra ad. Laffs!

    The only problem of course is that ISIS seems to have no problem recruiting people to replace those killed by the “coalition.” Could it be… that U.S. actions on the ground stomping on Muslims, and U.S. actions from the air droning women and children, and U.S. actions garrisoning Muslim lands, could possibly play more of a role in ISIS recruitment than 140 characters on Twitter?




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  • Recent Comments

    • chuck said...

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      “Hollywood can beat Isis”… coming to your theaters soon.

      09/22/16 7:28 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Speaking of drowning in useless information, the latest failure of counter-terrorism was due to “too many cases to investigate.” They didn’t interview Mr. Rahami, who was in jail at the time on charges that were eventually dropped, officials said.Mr. Miller rejected the idea that the FBI is closing probes too quickly, saying counter-terrorism agents must have to have good reason to devote significant time and manpower to investigating individuals who show no evidence of a threat.People have somewhat of a misconception about our ability to put someone under surveillance [and] leave them there indefinitely,’’ he said.

      Oh, that’s a new one.

      http://www.wsj.com/articles/ny-counterterror-official-defends-earlier-probe-of-bomb-suspect-rahami-1474481703

      Obviously, they don’t know how to investigate the real threats.

      09/22/16 7:36 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      09/22/16 8:08 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Word to the wise: if the messaging ain’t working in Charlotte, maybe it needs another think.

      09/22/16 9:58 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      09/22/16 10:00 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      PS: I do not condone the lunacy that passes for news. I’m just a witness.

      09/22/16 10:02 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I condone the news from the likes of PVB, and of course Assange, Manning, Snowden etc. and often think of the movies and Hollywood and the quote from Jack Nickleson america “You Can’t handle the Truth”.

      09/22/16 12:10 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      The benefit of living in Colombia is the cable nets don’t include FOX, CNN, MSNBC and the rest of the crap that passes for news unless you pay extra. And who in their right mind would pay for that shit?

      09/22/16 12:34 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      One of the M$M networks reported on today’s Gmail dump from a Whitehouse staffer. It appears the DCLeaks group is linked to Russia! Do this hacker group live in DC? Better hope they don’t work in Fort Meade, your liars !!!!

      09/22/16 1:49 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Fridays are usually the best time for news dumps that people do not see to hide under the rug by the Govt., BUT imagine a dump of info on Friday,and the first debate on Mon.. The next 24 hrs would be a great time to release some truth. Hope fully from some Embassy. Bonus.. Does Scotland have an Embassy?

      09/22/16 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      A Colossal (CIA) Company intramural Game 0f PONG !

      09/22/16 3:31 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Talk about news of a dump – that’s US – people abroad watching the rioting in Charlotte and other “first-world” cities are feeling good they don’t live there.

      09/22/16 4:38 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      USA USA USA, wave multiple flags.

      09/22/16 4:41 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      The Flags are Hollywood Swinger$. Dollars over people. Profit for Parties and Corps. before People. Get the f out of the way! Educate. Time out again, and hope change believe, not to offend, but wage peas………………..

      09/22/16 4:44 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      You ain’t seen nothing yet….and if the police have anything to hide, you never will.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/keith-lamont-scott-video_us_57e3f48ce4b0e28b2b529219?sscw6s86g7b0muz0k9

      09/22/16 4:46 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Been there, done that. Have a nice day. Listen to James Brown “Livin in America” now. Enjoy!

      09/22/16 5:16 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Super Highways……! Collapsing. The Empire is falling.

      09/22/16 5:18 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Hope not to bothered anyone. Go to McDoalds and buy a Happy Meal. Enjoy…

      09/22/16 5:28 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Screw ISIS. It’s the bankers’ corruption that is the real threat to US:

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/wells-fargo-fraud-republicans_us_57e4192be4b0e80b1ba0d583?section=&

      09/22/16 7:17 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      But it’s not all bad news on the Friday news dump: Hillary just bought another house for over a million bucks. Who says crime doesn’t pay?

      http://nypost.com/2016/09/22/clintons-shell-out-1-6m-to-buy-house-next-door-in-chappaqua/

      09/22/16 7:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      For medical staph.

      09/22/16 9:26 PM | Comment Link

    • Andrei said...

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      I wonder how that airstrike near Deir ez Zor fits into their narrative – you know, the one where US flyboys acted as ‘ISIS Air Force’, bombing Syrian government troops and helping the terrorists advance.

      09/24/16 2:16 AM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...

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      George Washington University has now hired a former ISIS (Al Qaeda) recruiter as a faculty member to teach about extremism at its center on Homeland Security. Millie Weaver asks GW students how they feel about having a “former” Islamic Terrorist teaching at their university. Shocked, the students have serious concerns regarding the University’s radial decision.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FczHGB3MHGY

      Wolfowitz: I wasn’t the Artitect of the Iraq war

      And more of Islamic Extremists Jihadest,reports telling, turnout they are not really knew Islam or their religion!!

      So how the name came from Islamic extremists?

      09/28/16 3:36 PM | Comment Link

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