Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Flipping the Bird instead of COIN

Flipping Birds at Counter Insurgency, Flipping Bass Ackwards.
By Gordon S Fowkes,
LTC USA RET, KCTJ, M.Ed.

ST Bartholemew's Massacre of French Calvinits, 1572

Now is the time for Bass Wholes on both sides of the Aisle to bay at the winds and microphones of how “nation building is not a military job” or how “remotely piloted vehicles” with pin point precision is a war crime, unlike carpet bombing of Japan and Germany which were not.   Now is also the time when virgin pundits describe that which never happened in Vietnam, or those whose scope of understanding of the nuances of mortal combat are confused with Four Quarters or Nine Innings. War is not a game, nor is it an election, nor a debate.  War Sucks, but somebody has to do it. 

And it better be done right.

War is not a continuation of politics by other means, it is politics with other means just as an airstrike is no different from a traffic ticket aimed at reducing the speed of the action. Whatever it takes to feed and protect the family is what the fighting is all about, as is all the rest of survival of the adaptive, fit or not.

And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  That sad tale is how the best equipped, best trained, best led, and best supported military force of the US, was bested by a hollow point between the ears, by a bloated bureaucracy bent on self-aggrandizement and career enhancement.  The latter a sham foisted on those in field grades with eyes on the stars whose chosen slots were shot down by those without branch or insignia.

US MP and German Police on Traffic Duty during Occupation

But enough for the platitudes.  We screwed up, again as we had in the villages and towns of other ancient civilizations. We assumed (ass out of you and me) that our fantasies of what was sacred and absolute truth, were as imaginary as are those of our enemies are towards their own.  

Muslims have this nutty idea that Islam is the central truth of the universe, despite that they aren’t even a (Circle One, or more):
  • American, Texan, Southern Californian, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, Chechen, and/or _________________. 


The fundamental motivation of the Rescuer is to convert the Victim and fight villainy, insanity, and heresy.  Nation building is rescuing and converting the helpless and stupid to worship the ground we walk on.


 Civil Affairs (and Military Governance) works to grease the gears that might not mesh, and fix shot up places get to their own feet.  Regardless of what kind of shoes they wear.  The flip side of CAMG is to flip the other guy’s feet. These include Special Forces and Special Operations.  Psychological Operations supports both stand and flip.

THE SHOGUN AND THE EMPEROR

The term counter insurgency became the fad by means obscure to me, as it anoints the counter insurgent with a righteousness not bestowed upon the insurgent.  And, to make it even clearer, what is an insurgent?  The Taliban was the effective government in place in Afghanistan when the US took sides with the Northern Alliance and invaded.  That was a surge against the Taliban, but not an insurgency? The term has a political definition not relevant to military operations. 

Nevertheless, the logical lines of operation (LLO) in the counter insurgency (COIN) as originally spelled out in the Army/Marine Corps manual on Counter Insurgency applies in fact to all of war for or against those whose contributions to success or failure make a difference.  

LLO or LLE or whatever dissected the body politic into functions of a society including governance. Or as it is done by ISIS in reverse to topple and repeat on those toppled.

From one of the manuals LLO are directed at:
  • 1.     Civil Security
  • 2.     Civil Control
  • 3.     Security Forces
  • 4.     Governance
  • 5.     Essential Services
  • 6.     Economy and Infrastructure
  • 7.     Advertising and Public Relations



As one who is retired from the City of Houston (Building Inspections) and member of many a society for the preservation of the good, and disruption of the bad, this is a fairly standard list of logical lines of reelection, election or selection to the higher and mighty.  At present, REMFCOM appears to have decided that local governance is not one of interest to the infantry including those on boots who must travel the routes through those local governances with unpronounceable names.

Just as it is in local elections, the efforts of one side to enhance their version of the LLO, must be destroyed, disrupted and/or discredited by actions against the other’s LLO, and to enhance the other’s own.   This is precisely what the Taliban and ISIS are doing, and have been doing for decades, in one version or another.

There are, therefore, four variants of LLO depending upon which side one is on:
  • 1.     Making your own,
  • 2.     Wrecking someone else’s,
  • 3.     Defending one’s own,
  • 4.     Wrecking the wreckers.

This bears some resemblance to the Tactical Imperatives of combat.

Stability Operations therefore have the same four modes. As such there is Stabilization and Destabilization already under Special Operations Command, as it was under the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.  And therein, lie many a good example of what not to do and what to do.

The Hanging of French Protestants during wars of religion


The Cold War was a religious war in all but name.  The present religious wars are like the political wars of the religion, as the two differ only in name.




 Bloody Awful ISIS is!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Liars, Advertisers, and True Believers



The Truth about Liars, Advertisers and True Believers

I hated it when my father said that all facts are just someone’s opinion.  It was damning as he was a renowned Chemist and decorated artillery officer from WW2 in the Pacific.  His nickname in the 31st Infantry Division (Dixie) was “Fearless Fred”.

If facts are opinions, so is the truth.    In order to manage getting through the day, one must make decisions on other’s opinions based on opinions that one would like to treat is if they were true facts.  . What we do is to assign a level of confidence in the accuracy, relevance and reliability to the “opinions” we want to treat as “facts”.  After all, doesn’t one and one make two?  One apple and one banana make two fruits if one is from San Francisco. 

But, one can’t get of bed without knowing where the floor is. Or where the car keys are.

Fig_01

When dealing with other people, however, we treat their opinions based on the “truthiness” of that person and/or their opinions. It helps to know when they are diverging from the real truth (whatever one accepts as such).  Such divergence can be categorized as lies which the liar knows is false. There are True Believers who believe the false as true but also lie to themselves as well. Being wrong is not a measure of belief or lie, just being wrong as the facts don’t support the truth (or the other way around).   

Fig_02

Deep down, the liar and the true believer know that the truth they speak of are not true facts, at some level of awareness.  Deep down.  The instinctive cover up is to raise the volume, intensity, and assertion to cover the falsity subject to false attribution as true.  This is especially true when dealing with Virtues and Vices asserted or assigned.  When the volume goes up, they reverse.

I call it, the Law of the Inverse Attribution Reflex which just so happens to work out as an acronym. L.I.A.R.  The braggart brags of his own weakest virtue, and blames other with his own worst vices. 
Fig_03

The True Believer believes in the falsity, but subconsciously doubts.  The Liar knows he is lying.
 


Fig_04
Back in the Sixties, there was the Pam Am auto race from Canada to the Mexican border.  It was not about speed, but upon gas consumption which was touted in the ads for cars of the guzzling Sixties.  The virtue of those old cars was size, glamor and comfort, not safety. Today’s cars are hard to tell apart compared to the Sixties.


Fig_05

In the days before seat belts one could be belted through the windshield on collision.  And, steel cars were more easily reparable even if the driver wasn’t.

 


Fig_06

Then there were the cigarette ads that touted how low the tar in the lungs would be by smoking the Right Brand

 


Fig_07

   And clearly it was sexy. There was a style in how one smoked that would be a personal trade mark.

 


Fig_08

Now we know that gas guzzling and smoking are negative while the comfortable gas guzzler and the sexy smoker are positives.  Both are tweaked in the pitch.  Going out on a date to the drive in movies back then was as roomy as a motel room.  Then came air conditioned inside movie theaters and no foreplay room in the front nor rear. 

Now, as then, one can enhance one’s image and social impact with the display of socially significant toys, trinkets, clothes, big boobs, and hard abs.  In Los Angeles one is what one wears on the wrist and what one drives.  In San Francisco it is how, what and where one eats.  In New York it is what one wears, drinks, as well as how fast one seems to be.  In Texas and Chicago all serious business is done behind closed doors, where it belongs.  If you don’t know who or what, you don’t have the clearance to know.

And everywhere it is what comes out of one’s mouth that marks one’s turf. Sort of a dog walk and whiz.   

 

Fig_09

The dog knows what he is doing, and why.  That’s not always the case with us higher animals.

 


Fig_10

Who knows?

 

Fig_11

It helps to know what role the players are playing, plus the knowledge that the role will switch for a payoff.  Lucy gets a win which she wants, while Linus gets a dump which why he went for Lucy’s predictable switch with the football.

A knight and a murderer often use the same tactics, techniques and procedures so which color the other is doesn’t really alter the truth.  Which is why the Drama Triangle is really a circle.

 


Fig_12

The switch between victim, rescuer and prosecutor can be done in a single sentence, and in the current election especially so.  From the darker side of American demagoguery:

 


Fig_13

It boils down to what’s the tar and what’s so cool that it is hot.  The most impressive mix these days is the ad for the latest drug which pictures a picture of health while reading off a list of all the really sick stuff that could happen.  Music in the background.  The mind easily slides past cognitive dissonance without as much as a hiccup. 

 Cialis, and the four hours:


or “stifficade”


True Believers don’t lie just because they have up and down mixed up, it’s what they believe that separates them from Liars. Liars know which way is up, but they profit from calling it down. True Believers switch sides because the buzz or payoffs are greater, while the Liar lies when it is to his calculated advantage. It is hard to tell one from the other absent objective data of the subjects at hand.

Coca-Cola includes extracts from Coca leaves for cocaine, and Kola nuts for the caffeine. In 1903, the cocaine was removed from the Coca leaves for making Coca-Cola.  This goes to the everlasting snide commentary about “the Real Thing” that Coke has no coke in it anymore.  Coke was originally sold in drug stores then over drug store counters the last of which disappeared by the Sixties.

 
 

Fig_14

Taking the Coke out of Coke is about Power, not Truth.  The word “truth” when stressed with unnecessary trappings, wrappings, bells and whistles are fairly good lie indicators. 

 


Fig_15

Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t. But it doesn’t cure getting out of the rut, grind, routine and dirty diapers. Or the in-laws.  

It takes no brains to see the link between the erection and vitality side to the core of biological survival. Feed and Breed, Paid and Laid, Dinner and a Date, Food and Family.  Decoding transactions (messages, propaganda, etc.) can be done with connecting the Tools, Rules, and Roles to Food and Family and back again: 
Fig_16

The Rules (Sociological) fall into two groups: Social Status and relations with the Physical World. The arm and hand signals work better than another damn acronym.


Sociological Rules
 
Fig_17

Smoking a sexy cigarette (body) in a sexy manner saves Face and hopefully Fame and maybe fortune which would be applied at the Biological level, which in turn delivers Fame as a successful breeder which enhances one’s Face and possibly fortune to buy a set of wheels to cover the Distance over the Ground in less Time.  Smoking while driving a sexy set of wheels was a definitive statement of savoir faire.

Fig_18

In drinking, driving and smoking were (are) at the core of the attractiveness of who gets bred.  The core of politics goes to the successful survival of the bred.  As in Family and the preservation of what was once called a “bloodline”.   The biological center of survival is the interaction of who controls the bloodline as coded in the DNA of the bred. 

The male and female sides of any given species, or part thereof, are addressed in two distinctive strategies.  The male seeks to control the bloodline by excluding any but him.  The female seeks to control the quality of the bloodline through selection of the right male.   A dominant theme in natural selection is competition between males for the female to select the winner.  An alternate (horses and lions) only one male gets to breed, the Stallion and the Simba while the lesser competitive lurk or wander. 
Fig_19

Biological survival of any given bloodline in humans is delicate compared to other animals by the dangers of in-breeding.  Consequently, and instinctively, the female seeks to enrich the bloodline of her part of the brood by adultery.  In response by the male bloodline is to kill the adulterous, as in stoning. If the male doesn’t suffice, another will.  Rape is the reverse of selective breeding by female selection, hence men comprise six sigma of all rapists.  And adultery is a necessary element in preventing in-breeding.  And arranged marriages relied more on issues the smitten could not. 

 

Fig_20

Even though arranged marriages are largely out of flavor today, save in certain sub-continents, the deep investment in who gets to swap whose genes for whom extends to issues other than gene swapping. It goes to deep sense of who “we” are from nuclear family to family of nations.  “They” are the enemy of the purity and essence of vital bodily fluids, so sayeth Sterling Hayden in the role of General Jack Ripper in the movie classic “Dr. Strangelove, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb”. 

Closing scene with Vera Lynn’s “We’ll meet again”, a truly beautiful song. Note the reference to breeding and a mine shaft gap:

 
Fig_21

In this movie, Sterling Hayden plays the role of a True Believer, albeit crazy.  He orders his B-52 Squadron to bomb Russia using a loop hole in the law.  Post this, and double-double checks were made in SAC.  His purpose was to leverage the Murderous side of protecting the Family in accordance with rules (Fate) to break the Body of the Soviets and make them lose Face and Fame. 

 


Fig_22

Elmer Gantry was a liar, Leon Trotsky was a True Believer.   Stalin had Trotsky murdered in Mexico City so much a threat he was to Stalin, a liar.

Gantry plays the (Battering Bastard) aka Murderous parent to cow those seeking a replacement for the Battering Daddy and Manipulative Mother (Bitch) as if disruptive (Brats).   This theme of replicating dysfunctional parenting is very much at the core of True Believer motives.  Themes such as these are found in ISIS, North Korea, and were fundamental in the Soviet Union, Red China under Mao, and Germany under Hitler.

War, however, is serious shit.


 

(to be continued)

Gordon S Fowkes

 

 

 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Savagery, Survival and the Bell Curve

Savagery, Survival, and the Bell Curve.

Freud had it backwards

Fig 001
Sigmund Freud’s quest to understand abnormal behavior missed the part about normal behavior.   Freud also established the myth that all human behavior is death oriented.  IMHO says that life is.  His “wish world” is the Real World.  Religion of his day is ideology of today.

Normality Defined.  What the hell do you mean by normal? 

The exact measure of what is normal, consider all the people you have met in family reunions, marriages, funerals, Thanksgiving and Christmas, may including the office party.  Choose a value or standard you feel applies and arrange all of them into rank ordering depending on the measure you chose.  The Middle Two Thirds is Normal. The statistical term used is the normal “bell” curve. 

Fig 002
If the value you measured could be assigned to each and everyone in the group, the sum of those values (income, weight, IQ, or EQ) divided by the number of individuals is the Mean (also called arithmetic average).   The normal “range” of what was measured can be measured by how tight the shot group is, and this value is called a Standard Deviation, which in management speak is Sigma.  They give “Black Belts” in Six Sigma which six accounts for 99.72% of the cases.
IMHO uses two Sigma or two Standard Deviations in the middle to define “normal”. That equates to 62.68% on the chart above.    Four Sigma gets you 95.44% of the total.  Six Sigma (Black Belt) gets 99.72% of the cases. 

Simply put, there are two thirds in the middle and one sixth at each end.  Saints at one end, Sinners at the other. .

Fig 003


Pareto’s Law
Normal Curves as above are called “two tailed” distributions.  Pareto’s Law deals with “one tailed” distribution which holds that 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes.  Thus 80% of the hours come from 20% of the causes.  80% of the crimes are committed by 20% of the criminals. 
The “normal” curve applied to everyone in the middle two thirds (Two Sigma) commit 20% of the crimes. One Sixth commits 80% of the Crimes (Sinners) and one Sixth commit no crimes (Saints).

Fig 004

Normal people don’t run for President, nor even any work that takes time and effort away from survival (Food & Family, Roles, Rules and Tools) and a normal way of life.  They are neither Saints nor Sinners.  In any group focused on a problem, only one in six gives a damn.  Of them, only one in six will read the mail. Of them, only one is six will go to the meetings, and one sixth of them will run for office.

Statistical Significance.

This goes to the “so what” category.

Fig005

 It doesn’t matter what is being measured, so long as it is statistically significant (it’s not a accident of collection or errant definition).  In short, small samples don’t mean much like four out of five hitmen prefer 9mm if only five hitmen were asked.  Then there is the definition of what is a hitman.
One and one equal two only if one and one are equal.  The sum of one banana and one apple is two fruits?  If matters what to who how high the water is, or how deep?  Bridges and boats differ. 

Circular Error Probability (CEP)

For those in the Field Artillery or combat aviation the CEP or Circular Error Probability is given as the odds of a target getting hit by a round or its fragments. Also known as a shot group


Fig006

 Likewise, it is of fair importance that one knows the CEP of incoming rounds.   The German 88 Flak gun in an anti-tank role was a deadly threat to whomever rode in the valley of the deathly open space. The 88 had a very tight CEP and the MG 42 too for a light machinegun.

Images from the East Front

Fig007

What is Normal Habitual Behavior?

The term “culture” is too politically correct for the warrior or wannabe warrior when killing the bastards is all that matters.  The tricky part is making the bastards out of habit do something stupid.  Sometime you want to corner them, other times to split them up.  Sometimes you want to make them charge, and sometimes you want to make them run, and sometimes you want them to quit.   Sometimes you want them to switch sides. 

Sun Tsu said that wining without fighting is the best.  Given that fighting without winning appears to be more often than not, perhaps this knot should be untied.

It all goes to the normal spread (middle two thirds) which may include the middle stamp out the ends.  The sum of our behavior goes back to the very first cell division back whenever.

From the Movie "Pulp Fiction" opening scene

Fig008

Pareto’s Law and the Alpha.

The one sixth that does eighty percent of the results themselves fall under a smaller normal curve either one or two tailed.  In nature there are animals called “alpha” who get the eighty percent of the attention, food and/or sex.  They are more aggressive, more territorial, and more jealous of perks. It is the Alpha that drives action.

Mind Over Body

Ontogeny recapitulates Phylogeny on PurposeThe choices made at each bifurcation of the genealogical tree are, so says IMHO, neither random nor mutation.  Life, instinctively is for living, not dying.  The attractiveness of the alpha who gets the food, gets laid.  The will of the giraffe resulted in making a longer neck to reach the top branches.  This, of course, takes a continuity of effort. 

The behavior of trained animals can be through selective breeding produce breeds of very different characteristics.  Natural selection leverages that capacity to change as applied by the will of the bred.   
Likewise, the adaptation to a high level of trauma also marks the DNA with reactive action.  Most warm blooded species hate the cold blooded.  The horse that shies from a bitty snake, is a reflection of the time when they weren’t so bitty.

PLAY as Survival Training

The young of most species often display the record of choices made in the genealogical past as the individual grows.  Consequently, Play is training for roles to come. 
Fig009
 In vertebrates the decision to mate in made by the female of the species based on an evaluation of the suitability of the male’s probability of producing viable and competitive offspring.  
The “suitability factor” as analyzed by the female often defies analysis, which any of my three ex-wives can note, that IMHO is clueless. Normally it is the male of the species that sports extra visual cues, while the female is often camouflaged to fit in the normal back ground.   The song and dance that males have to do is often quite extraordinary, but some mating rituals are synchronized.


Fig010
Often the attractiveness of the male is through demonstration of attractive skill sets as often demonstrated during “rutting season” when the males compete for attention and for dominance a proof of a need to breed.


Fig011
The males in some species meet the rest of the herd, flock, or gang only during mating season, then they go off and do “guy things”.   Some animals are really strange about that.  This showing off of the mating ability of the male often extends to combat, mock or not. 


Fig012
One of the basic rituals to show competitiveness or suitability goes to showing the ability to Feed. The Dinner and a Date also extends to “doing lunch” and the meal prepared for guest of honor or on the occasion of a big meeting.  Such is often the sum and substance of a day well spent.
 
From the UPORFA Conference in Buenos Aires
Fig013

The Psychological Roles necessary to demonstrate the capacity to Feed and Breed, goes to that of the Mother, Father, and Child.  The mother nurtures, the father protects, and the child is dependent on both.  In some species, the statistical probability of infant survivability is achieved by long gestation, by redundancy (lots of kids), and by effective combat skills, attitudes, procedures, tactics, and techniques.


Fig014

Fig015

Habits and Habitual Behavior.

 Normal behavior (two Sigma) then should be called “habits” of any given group set.  In sex, war and politics.   There is a resistance within the Warrior and Bellicose Creed that utterly hates any reference to culture as too politically Correct, Homo, and/or Coffee Break poppycock.
 If, however the Warrior is also a Hunter, then the concept of the habitual behavior becomes important.  One needs to know when and where the prey feeds, breeds, and/or hides out.  The study of enemy doctrine and task organization is exactly the same as studying where fish, fowl or reindeer are so they can be your lunch or trophy.   

This goes to what IMHO calls F4F and consists of the basic structure of habitual behavior aka culture: Food and Family, Roles, Rules, and Tools.


Fig016
Tools include techniques, skills, equipment and so forth. The selection of Tactical Imperatives in a physical confrontation is a way of analyzing survival behavior, human and/or animal. The Vertical axis of the Tactical Imperative menu is the parts of the being or groups anatomy that is used in combat. This includes the brain, nervous systems, vision, hearing, voice, lungs, guts, legs, arms and fists.  The horizontal axis is a simplified set of modes, stimulus and response which when activated is like a four dimensional Pachinko game.


Fig017
Normal hunting behaviors involve both offensive and defensive (stimuli and response) in a single maneuver.  The lion is evading detection by lowing the profile in the grass.  The Impala in the second frame has successfully evaded the clutch of this old one eyed lion.


Fig018
The social value of being able to bring in the dinner enhances the image of the hunter in the soul of the diner.  Symbolically, the human species is still tied to the dinner-date ritual, but other features that add to the attractiveness of the male to the female.  As for female wiles, a wink and a wiggle turns the hero into a blank dot. 

Group behavior of many species have collective as well as individual skill sets for the purposes of being the diner instead of the dinner.  Or at least avoiding being lunch.
 
Fig019
METT-TH

The Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) should include Technology and Habits to make it METT-TH.  Time belongs under terrain as weather is already there including BMNT and time to do the mission is already in the Mission Statement.  Habitual behavior applies to all the other factors including Mission.  The enemy’s doctrine and doctrinal templates are in fact a study of enemy habits. 
This changes the old acronym by adding technology, and expanding civilian considerations to include all habitual behavior, even ours

Body Over Mind, Usually

In the normal course of living, it is habitually Body Over Mind that drives everyday choices.  Reason only interferes with habit when there is a choice or decision that can be consciously noted, identified, and/or measured.  This goes to steak vs chicken, regular vs unleaded, beer vs wine, buy or to buy which is the question. The rest is run by habits coded within the DNA that also cues behaviors at selected points in the growth and experience of the individual.  Like puberty and senility.

Central to understanding habits of one or many includes an understanding of the Roles necessary to nurture and protect the young.  These, in vertebrates include Father, Mother and Child. Since the child is not up to speed, they become the favorite food for predators.  The psychological habitual roles play are summed up in Transactional Analysis as the urges to Rescue and Protect the Victim (child).

Thus the psychological drama triangle developed by Dr. Karpman is the rotation of roles even when there is neither victim nor villain.     

Fig020
The dramatic roles two pairs of three, defense and offense can be played by a single person with neither villain nor victim.  It is only necessary to create the illusion of a villain or a victim.  This is the heart and soul of politics of the one and of the many.  

Stamp Collecting – Victim to Victimizer

Each time a role is switched with another player, the player gets an emotional “Stamp” certifying the proper buzz (high or low).  Charlie as player gets 3 victim stamps while Lucy gets a Manipulator stamp. Charlie then trades the 3 victim stamps for one dump stamp which can be traded in for depression stamps, rage stamps, and murder stamps.  A skillful player can play this on one hand.


Fig021
The Rescue or Protection of a Victim is the favorite pastime of politicians and a motive for murder, mayhem, and war.  The common phrase heard in the courthouse, is that the defendant is the victim (defense) which justified offensive measures such as murder, manipulation, and madness. There are few political arguments that do not include defending children as the ultimate objective of Candidate Foghorn.    It is the fundamental justification used by Jodie Foster in Elysium:


Fig022
As the justification for shooting down two ships filled with the sick from earth. 

The Rules

Each species, group, herd, tribe, clan, pod, or flock has sociological rules to govern habitual behavior to facilitate successful Roles in order to Feed and Breed (Food and Family).   Most of these behaviors are the net result of DNA coded instructions, which instructions require integration of local circumstances.  IMHO had divided a model of these Rules into two sets: Social Standing and Relations with the Physical World: 

For a Templar set of Rules they include:


Fig023
And a different set for the Saracens:


Fig024
The arm and hand signals used in these illustrations was developed by IMHO to avoid another acronym with eight wordy values to one in which uses the hands in open discussion with those who need to know.  

Fate is what is called “sources of authority” in political science.  In WW 2, surrender pamphlets dropped on German troops had to look official and be signed by an authority like Ike and/or Monty.  


Fig025
WW 2 Propaganda is filled with examples of how the habitual behaviors of a culture could be leveraged to do or do not do something that supports allied objectives.  These go straight to the Food and Family biological imperatives by leveraging the Roles, Rules, and Tools of one side or another.

The Salacious and the Savage

 Two Step Bullshit.  Leveraging Roles, Rules and Tools back to Food and Family Is the hallmark of WW 2 propaganda leaflets, like the “safe conduct” above.   Themes and Symbols are the alphabet of Psychological Operations. The selection and design of themes and symbols are directed at specific target audiences, the most effective being the Two Step Bullshit which is used when the Decision Makers cannot be touched, but who are approachable to someone you can reach effectively.  


Fig026
The NVA and VC military efforts in South Vietnam had failed by 1969 with their forces in Cambodia moved north to Laos.  The VC local guerilla forces under COSVN had been consumed by superior firepower of the Allies in Vietnam.  Some say that that the NVA objectives included annihilation of COSVN (Central Office of South Vietnam), the government of the Viet Cong. 


Fig027
Communist efforts to seduce the drafted US soldiers to switch sides failed utterly.   So the draft dodgers and cowards on campus elevated treason to a virtue.  This was classic Two Step Bullshit which eventually reached Congress which pulled the plug and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Fig028
Who’s Laying Her Now? 

This is a famous Nazi series dropped on US troops, The Girl You Left Behind


Fig029
In addition to someone else getting yours, the price you pay is for someone else’s profit.
Then there is the heartstrings approach of what happens to the Family with you gone.

Fig030
The emotion that the Germans wanted was that the GI would either quit or slack off fighting Germans.  The Grand Prize is to get the enemy to switch sides as indicated in the VC pamphlet. This goes to legitimizing the enemy as a real friend.   Machismo helps.


Fig031
This requires leveraging the Rules that define who is the victim here, and assigning a Rescue and Protect buzz to the Traitor.


Fig032
The fight against Bolshevism was the number one enemy that Europeans could unite.  In addition to Waffen SS units from European nations, the French sent a Volunteer legion and Frenchmen joined an SS Division Charlemagne (fought to the bitter end in Berlin). 


Fig033
Essential to effective propaganda is the portrayal of the villain as murderous, manipulative, and/or mad so that the hero can play the same roles against the Villain (Offense vs Offensive Offense).   The Blue and Red get hard to discriminate one from the others. 

Fear and Loathing

Key to such vilification is to arouse both Fear and Loathing.


The Victims portrayed in such propaganda are women and children, as they ideologically are weak and vulnerable to villains of an inferiors sort, as in bestial. 
In George Orwell’s book “1984” portraying a totalitarian state of the future created “NewSpeak” as a way to prevent dissension, dissent, and dissolution.
The aim of Newspeak is to remove all shades of meaning from language, leaving simple concepts: (pleasure and pain, happiness and sadness, goodthink and crimethink” ….Wikipedia on Newspeak.



Fig034
The inferior are out to get you!


Fig035
Protect your women, children and old people from the savage beast. Who, ironically are super beings that manipulate the world unseen by the upstanding and honest!


Fig036
The Manipulative and vindictive are everywhere.   The elections now in swing at this time are full of villainy from the manipulative vicious and evil.  Including toenail fungus.  

FAMILY


Propaganda leverages the imagery of the wholesome family as that which must be nurtured and protected.


Fig037
In accordance with the Rules (Fate) in order to get Fame and Face, one must use the Tools to smite the foe.  Harshly.


Fig038

To be continued….
Gordon S Fowkes, LTC USA RET, M.Ed., KCTJ