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Selling War

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781612347721
Author(s): Steven J Alvarez
Year: 2016
Publisher: Potomac Books
Dimensions: 150 x 22 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 384

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Failure to communicate In the spring of 2004, army reservist and public affairs officer StevenJ. Alvarez waited to be called up as the U.S. military stormed Baghdadand deposed Saddam Hussein. But soon after President Bush's famousPR stunt in which an aircraft carrier displayed the banner 'MissionAccomplished,' the dynamics of the war shifted. Selling War recountshow the U.S. military lost the information war in Iraq by engaging thewrong audiences, that is, the Western media, ignoring Iraqi citizensand the wider Arab population, and playing mere lip service to thedirective: 'put an Iraqi face on everything.' In the absence of effectivecommunication from the U.S. military, the information void wasswiftly filled by Al Qaeda and, eventually, ISIS. As a result, efforts tocreate and maintain a successful, stable country were complicatedand eventually frustrated. Steven J. Alvarez couples his experiences as a public affairs officerin Iraq with extensive research on communication and governmentrelations to expose why communications failed and led to the breakdownon the ground.
A revealing glimpse into the inner workingsof the military's PR machine, where personnel become stewards ofpresidential legacies and keepers of flawed policies, Selling War provides a critical review of the outdated communication strategies executedin Iraq. Alvarez's candid account demonstrates how a fundamentallack of understanding about how to wage an information war has ledto the conditions we face now: the Please click here to ask a question
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