Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror

Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror
by Richard Miniter
• 1.77 metric tons of enriched uranium
• 1,500 gallons of chemical weapons agents
• 17 chemical warheads containing cyclosarin (a nerve agent five times more deadly than sarin gas)
• Over 1,000 radioactive materials in powdered form meant for dispersal over populated areas
• Roadside bombs loaded with mustard and “conventional” sarin gas, assembled in binary chemical projectiles for maximum potency
This is only a PARTIAL LIST of the horrific weapons verified to have been recovered in Iraq to date. Yet Americans overwhelmingly believe U.S. and coalition forces have found NO weapons of mass destruction.
The question is: WHY do they believe this lie?
Turn on the TV at any given moment, and you’re likely to see some earnest media “expert” telling you confidently that America faces a serious threat from suitcase nukes, that Al-Qaeda terrorists are streaming across the Mexican border, that there was no link between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and that Iraq is another Vietnam. There’s just one problem with all this: none of it is true. Richard Miniter explains why these and other popular media factoids and urban legends are not only wrong, but severely damaging to our war effort, in Disinformation: The 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror.
In Disinformation Richard Miniter reveals:
Three common myths about the Bush Administration that have been spread widely by Michael Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11
The 9/11 hijackers used box-cutters to take control of the four planes they hijacked, right? Wrong — and how this popular myth got started
How bin Laden declared war on America five separate times and pursued his jihad war against the United States throughout the 1990s — contrary to liberal media claims that no one had heard of him before 9/11
Bush knew? No — as is clear from this close examination of the CIA memo that supposedly warned him about possible hijackings before 9/11
Are U.S. troops in Iraq to make the world safe for Halliburton? No — in fact, Halliburton has not made a fortune in Iraq, and is even trying to sell its division that runs Iraqi operations
A war for oil? Why the U.S. is not fighting one in Iraq or anywhere else
Clear, uncontested, proven links between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Al Qaeda
Suitcase nukes? Relax: most of the information causing the panic about them has come from one Russian general who has changed his story many times
Borders out of control? How, as unlikely as it sounds, there are actually no known cases of Al Qaeda terrorists sneaking across the Mexican border
Why so many people are so eager to believe these War on Terror myths, no matter how outlandish they are
Miniter marshals the evidence — all the evidence — that shoots down this dangerous disinformation and refutes the legions of shallow media talking heads who mindlessly repeat it. If you want the real truth about the War on Terror and what we must do in order to win it, Disinformation is the indispensable starting point.

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