October 29, 2003 Rumsfeld Wants a Ministry of Truth By Paul Craig Roberts When deceit catches up with a government, officials take refuge in propaganda. Thus, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld told the Washington Times (Oct. 24) that he wants a “21st century information agency in the government” to help fight a “war of ideas” and educate Americans and foreigners that Big Brother is right. [Rumsfeld pushes 'new sense of urgency' By Bill Gertz] Last year Rumsfeld was forced to close a clandestine “Office of Strategic Influence” in the Pentagon when reports surfaced that the Pentagon was issuing false information abroad in order to influence public sentiment and policy in other countries. Rumsfeld wants to revive this office and to include the US under its sway. The flower-strewn “cakewalk” promised by Rumsfeld has become, according to his leaked private Pentagon memo, the “long, hard slog.” The claims made by Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz to justify the invasion of Iraq were not correct, and our intelligence agencies knew the claims were not correct. Senior Republican senators are calling for Bush “to take charge of his government.” Harper’s publisher John R. MacArthur has called publicly for Bush to be impeached. These developments do not serve the neo-Jacobin (neocon) agenda of wider war in the Middle East. In order to regain control of the agenda, the warmongers intend to create a Ministry of Propaganda so that they can control the facts. The silence of the public and the meekness of the press in the face of unprecedented lies from the US government has opened the door for a Ministry of Truth. Rest of article at www.vdare.com/roberts/ministry.htm .