Shhhh. Only the Washington Post knows. Don't tell Iraq!
The Defense Department will pay private U.S. contractors in Iraq up to $300 million over the next three years to produce news stories, entertainment programs and public service advertisements for the Iraqi media in an effort to "engage and inspire" the local population to support U.S. objectives and the Iraqi government.
"They don't know that the originator of the content is the U.S. government. If they did, they would never run anything."
And I bet the Iraqis are so dumb, they can't figure any of this out. They don't read any American media, of course. Because, you know, those rag heads can't read anyway. And besides, I bet the U.S. military and their contractors are so damn good at pretending to be Iraqis, that nobody can tell the difference. I bet the underlying messages of the content are so well hidden, that no Iraqis ever say, "Haha! Look at this horse shit!" Nope. We Americans are experts at creating fake Iraqi content that will move the hearts and minds of Iraqis so that they will love us, and eventually, hopefully, they might greet us as liberators, even. Why, after they see enough of this content, they'll even thank us for destroying their country, killing more than one million of their brothers and sisters and displacing four million more and, oh yeah I forgot, liberating them from their oil.
We Americans are the kings of Iraqi content. Us, the ones with a dearth of Arabic speakers in our military and government. Us, the ones who barge into countries without a fucking clue about local culture and bomb democracy down everybody's throats. The throats of people who are left alive, that is.
I bet Iraqis don't gather around the TV in the local and sip coffee and laugh at the bullshit propaganda. Nah.
(Hat tip to Amygdala.)