This does sound like something from a comedy, but this is no joke. Psychological warfare is very real (for those who don’t know, we often employ tactics of psychological warfare on our enemies to demoralize and fracture their forces–it often works). Using these tactics for the single purpose of getting more money (even if you need it) seems crazy (though, if I think about it, I would be cool with it if the A-Team did this…, I’d think it was brilliant). Here is a snippet from the story:
The U.S. army reportedly deployed a specialized “psychological operations” team to help convince American legislators to boost funding and troop numbers for the war in Afghanistan.
The operation was ordered by three-star general in charge of training Afghan troops Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Rolling Stone Magazine reported in a story published late on Wednesday.
An officer in charge of the unit objected when he was ordered to pressure the visiting senators and was harshly reprimanded by superiors, according to the magazine.
“My job in psyops is to play with people’s heads, to get the enemy to behave the way we want them to behave,” the officer, Lt. Colonel Michael Holmes, told Rolling Stone.
“I’m prohibited from doing that to our own people. When you ask me to try to use these skills on senators and congressman, you’re crossing a line,” he added.
Among those targeted were Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Jack Reed, Al Franken and Carl Levin, as well as Representative Steve Israel of the House Appropriations Committee, the magazine said.
The team also targeted Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.