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The Victory of ‘Perception Management’

President Ronald Reagan meeting with media magnate Rupert Murdoch in the Oval Office on Jan. 18, 1983, with Charles Wick, director of the U.S. Information Agency, the the background. (Credit: Reagan presidential library)

From the Archive: In the 1980s, the Reagan team pioneered “perception management” to get Americans to “kick the Vietnam Syndrome,” an ongoing propaganda structure now justifying endless war, wrote Robert Parry in 2014.

Clinging to Symbols of White Supremacy

Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who also was a major Mississippi slaveholder and fierce white supremacist.

Many Southern whites cling to symbols of a racist past when whites reigned supreme and blacks were enslaved or segregated, a fight raging in New Orleans over Confederate monuments, notes Lawrence Davidson.

Is Hillary Clinton ‘Qualified’?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Exclusive: The question of “qualifications” is suddenly at the center of the Democratic race with Hillary Clinton’s backers touting her résumé but ignoring her many failures in job after job, writes Robert Parry.

Bush-41’s October Surprise Denials

President George H. W. Bush addresses the nation on  Jan. 16,1991, to discuss the launch of Operation Desert Storm.

Exclusive: “Deny everything,” British traitor Kim Philby said, explaining how the powerful can bluff past their crimes, a truism known to George H.W. Bush when he denied charges of his own near treason in the October Surprise case, writes Robert Parry.

Killing the US Republic — and Empire

President Barack Obama meets with his national security advisors in the Situation Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Through its dysfunctional politics and over-reliance on military force, the United States is destroying both its Republic and its imperial reach, a problem made in the USA, said former Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. in a recent speech.

The Choice of Justice John Marshall

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall

Putting in context President Obama naming a Supreme Court justice in his last year was the case of John Marshall, one of the Supreme Court greats, chosen just weeks before a new president took office, William John Cox recalls.

The Pentagon’s Budget Time Bomb

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

With plans for military spending on a new Cold War — as well as on old fears about terrorism — spinning out of control, the next U.S. president will face a budgetary time bomb, explains Chuck Spinney.

US Intel Vets Warn Against Torture

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney receive an Oval Office briefing from CIA Director George Tenet. Also present is Chief of Staff Andy Card (on right). (White House photo)

Exclusive: Experienced intelligence professionals reaffirm that torture – while popular with “tough” politicians – doesn’t work in getting accurate and actionable information, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

The Catch-22 of Closing Gitmo

Some of the original detainees jailed at the Guantanamo Bay prison, as put on display by the U.S. military.

President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo – even if it could be implemented – would still leave several dozen detainees in the legal limbo as “non-releasable,” albeit inside U.S. prisons, as Helen Schietinger explains.

The Crazy GOP Establishment

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Republican establishment likes to pretend that it is the responsible alternative to Donald Trump, but that self-image doesn’t match reality, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship describe.