Psyops Comes Home
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
—JOSEF GOEBBELS (1897—1945), HITLER'S MINISTER OF PROPAGANDA
C O L O N E L S A M G A R D I N E R I S a warrior of the old school. A retired Air Force colonel and a lecturer at the National War College, Air War College, and Naval War College, he had the utmost respect for the ground rules of his profession. Psychological warfare—psyops, to those in the business—was something that the United States used against its enemies. Foreign enemies, of course, because the CIA and Pentagon have been forbidden since just after World War II from targeting U.S. citizens.
Psyops is the military way of winning the hearts and minds of a population. According to the Department of Defense, psyops is intended to “induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the U.S.... by planning and conducting operations to