Spinning wheel, round and round . . . .
One of the main goals of the Office of Strategic Communications - known as stratcom - is to ensure Americans see the positive side of the Bush administration's invasion, occupation and reconstruction of Iraq, where 600 U.S. soldiers have died and a deadly insurgency thrives.
"Beautification Plan for Baghdad Ready to Begin," one press release in late March said in its headline. Another statement last month cautioned, "The Reality is Nothing Like What You See on Television."
Sure, many of the stratcom staffers have GOP ties. But make no mistake. They do nothing with an eye to the election.
And if you believe that, I have a newly liberated nation-state to sell you . . .