Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Precision Bombing will win the war...not!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Precision Bombing will win the war...not!

On page 16 of the book 'Wartime' by Paul Fussell is a passage which ably demonstrates how military leaders lie not only to the public and political leaders, but themselves:

"...U.S. Strategic Bomber Survey, which ascertained, among other findings, that German military and industrial production seemed to increase-just like civilian determination not to surrender-the more bombs were dropped."

Why were the lives of airmen wasted when it became obvious bombing cities was having the opposite of the desired effect? Perhaps military leaders believed things would improve with time. Perhaps they did not want to look like fools (too late!). Perhaps it was 'the fog of war'. in any event, reading this book leads to the inescapable conclusion that a depressingly large number of servicemen from all sides die in war due to the gross incompetence of military and political leaders. Yet the same 'play' is is revived for yet another performance for almost every generation of Americans...


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

This is a key point: Bombing as communications strategy to break the moral of the enemy population did not work during WWII or Vietnam for that matter.

When is military force a means of communication? The Shock and Awe campaign at the beginning of the Iraq war was an attempt to communicate to the Iraqi people that resistance was pointless. Did it work?

3/05/2008 10:32 PM  

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