Menendez Measure To Prohibit Defense Dollars For War Public Relations

Menendez Measure To Prohibit Defense Dollars For War Public Relations

Defense dollars for flak jackets, not PR flacks

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today introduced an amendment that would limit funds for any future public relations campaign being commissioned by the Pentagon to monitor U.S. and Middle Eastern media. Responding to the revelation that the Bush administration wanted to allocate $20 million to improve the image of the Iraqi war, Menendez urged his colleagues to focus on changing the policy in Iraq, not the propaganda.

This proposal is not just irresponsible; it is an insult to the thousands of Iraqi citizens and coalition forces that have died in this war, said Menendez. At a time when the violent insurgency continues to expand and American troops are putting their lives on the line day in and day out, what is the Administrations focus? -- A better public relations campaign. The Bush administration doesnt need a new PR campaign in Iraq, they need a new policy in Iraq.

We must change the course in Iraq; not waste time or pay for public relations efforts; we must work to reduce the insurgency, not suppress news reports of its existence; we must strive to improve the situation on the ground in Iraq, not focus on changing the spin.

Menendez also emphasized that Bushs failed policies in Iraq have distracted the administration from completing the mission in Afghanistan, focusing on the threats posed by North Korea and Iran, and fully implementing an effective national security policy. The Senators amendment would ensure that stress be placed on the mission at hand, rather than spin.

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