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Newsweek’s Manipulative Propaganda on Drones | Kevin Gosztola

We all need to stop worrying and love the drone. Or something. Whatever the message, this video reeks.

[Newsweek’s Daniel] Klaidman [suggests in this video], “It is hard to imagine any president not taking advantage of weapons that are so precise in targeting but do not expose service members to any danger. That’s why drones are here to stay. Instead of railing against them as illegal assassination, liberal critics should concentrate their efforts on pushing the government to be more transparent. Survival depends on making tough choices. When it comes to the drone program, liberals should too.”

Klaidman wants the few outspoken liberals opposed to drone warfare to make the “tough choice” of accepting this new revolution in warfare that appears to be free from legal constraint. He wants “liberal critics” to stop scrutinizing this policy and pretend what the Obama administration is doing shouldn’t be controversial at all. And instead of suggesting the drone wars in Pakistan, Somalia or Yemen are disgraceful, just ask for transparency on what is happening. Once the truth is known, it will be clear this program is not as bad as “liberal critics” want the public to believe.

The tone of the video is accentuated by awkwardly eerie music. The chalk drawings are also, as a companion to Klaidman’s pronouncements, creepy. The entire production seems to indicate this is what people who are granted interviews with members of presidential administrations on national security matters must do. They must make any contestable aspects seem unexceptional so the public will not take issue with the administration when previously unknown details become known.

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