The Men Who Stare At Goats – Jon Ronson
[he said..] ‘The unit wasn’t quite as glamorous as it might sound. It was basically half a dozen soldiers sitting inside a heavily guarded, condemned clapboard building in Fort Meade, Maryland, trying to be psychic. Officially the unit did not exist. The psychics were what is known in military jargon as Black Op. Because they didn’t ‘exist’ they were not permitted access to the US Army ‘s coffee budget. They had to bring their own coffee into work. They had come to resent this.
Some of them were in there, trying to be psychic, from 1978 until 1995.’
The Americans have always been better than the Iraquis at the leaflets. Early on in the first Gulf War, Iraqui PsyOps dropped a batch of their own leaflets on US troops, designed to be psychologically devastating. They read ‘Your wives are back at home having sex with Bart Simpson and Burt Reynolds.’
THE FIRST EARTH BATALLION SOLUTION
A touching and heartfelt ceremony [consisting of] mothers, chirldren, teachers, soldiers, nurses and doctors from both sides. Where possible children will carry the actual awards (i.e. medals, trophies, small statues) of appreciation and recognition to those (American and Iraqui soldiers) honoured.
The ceremonial surroundings we design are themselves a gift to the future of Iraq. We recommend that a beautiful global village be built as a setting. It can showcase the kinds of alternative energy, sanitation and agricultural technology appropriate for this part of the world.
[The ceremony will include the giving of] gifts from other parts of the world. United Nations translators will be available to interpret those gifts. An elder might speak about the promise of cooperation.
.. and this right here, my friend, is the definition of BULLSHIT!