Taking advantage of pretty girls is one thing, but hands off my senator! Rolling Stone magazine has uncovered another disgraceful chapter in this endless war in Afghanistan (Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators. 2/23). This week Michael Hastings (who last summer profiled the original runaway, Stanley McChrystal) exposes a plan by Lt. General William Caldwell the three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops, to get inside the heads of visiting government officials and “persuade” them to send more money and troops. It must be said that Caldwell met with immediate resistance from the unit assigned this ignoble and idiotic venture, so maybe we only have one cuckoo-pants over there. Unfortunately he is a top dog. Also, he should have been well-aware of the following minor detail,
Federal law forbids the military from practicing psy-ops on Americans, and each defense authorization bill comes with a “propaganda rider” that also prohibits such manipulation. “Everyone in the psy-ops, intel, and IO [information operations] community knows you’re not supposed to target Americans,” says a veteran member of another psy-ops team who has run operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s what you learn on day one.”
Also on the ‘senators list’ were Joe Lieberman, Al Franken, and John McCain (really?!). I suspect Caldwell’s days are numbered.