Wednesday, August 24, 2005

using the dead

The Pentagon's propaganda machine rolls on. For the first time, families of the war dead are allowed to include on the gravestone the name of the war in which their family member died. They currently have two choices: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Yes, they must use the names the Pentagon flacks designed to sell the wars to the American people.

That's cheesy enough. Even worse, in at least a few cases, they have apparently used these advertising campaign names on gravestones without the family's permission.