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Butcher Assad’s Talking Points Memo

Via NPR strategy whiz Andy Carvin come some remarkable prep notes written for Bashar Assad before his December interview with Barbara Walters. Excerpts:

It is hugely important and worth mentioning that “mistakes” have been done in the beginning of the crises because we did not have a well-organized “police force”. American Psyche can be easily manipulated when they hear that there are “mistakes” done and now we are “fixing it”. Its worth mentioning also what is happening now in Wall Street and the way the demonstrations are been suppressed by police men, police dogs and beatings.

“Syria doesn’t have a policy to torture people” unlike the USA, where there are courses and schools that specializes in teaching police men and officers how to torture criminals and “outlaws”. For instace, “the electric chair and killing through injecting an overdose  amount of medicine”…etc.
*We can use Abu Ghraib in Iraq as an example.

[. . .]

It would be worth mentioning how your personality has been attacked and praised in the last decade according to the media. At one point H.E [i.e., His Excellency —VM] was viewed as a hero and in other times H.E was the “bad guy”. Americans love these kinds of things and get convinced by it.

If you can stomach it, the talking points are well worth reading in full. Americans often don’t realize how carefully foreigners think about how to influence them. As these prep notes suggest, they aren’t always as good at it as they think they are. But just like our own politicians, you know they’re spinning if their lips are moving.

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  • Kris

    I don’t mind Assad’s spinning, as long as he does it underground. Six feet underground.

  • Steve W from Ford

    “Americans often don’t realize how carefully foreigners think about how to influence them.”

    It is our own politicians and celebrities efforts in this regard that concern me.

  • Corlyss

    The idea that NPR would hire such a creature as a “senior strategist” and that he has a community organizing background is enough for Republicans to renew their calls to terminate public funding of CPB, NPR, and PBS.

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