With all due respect to the young men and women who’ve volunteered to serve, this is PSYOPS, pure and simple:
Blogs sometimes include information — accurate and otherwise — about the U.S. military’s global war on terror. U.S. Central Command officials here took notice and created a team to engage these writers and their electronic information forums.
“The main interest is to drive their readers to our site,” Army Reserve Maj. Richard J. McNorton said. McNorton is CENTCOM’s chief of engagement operations.
“Now (online readers) have the opportunity to read positive stories. At least the public can go there and see the whole story. The public wants to hear these good stories,” he said, adding that the news stories the military generates are “very factual.”
Again, I have no doubt that the young men and women employed by the military to blog about our interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere (*cough*Iran*cough*) are writing what they believe to be the truth. However, after the revelation that the military is paying to plant stories in the Iraqi media, and the news that Army PSYOPS personnel were employed in CNN’s newsroom during the Clinton administration, you’ll forgive my skepticism.