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US: More propaganda

President George Bush decided to turn an information operation launched with the US war on terrorism into a permanent office charged with shaping America's image abroad, (Washington Post, 7/39/02). The Office of Global Communications" would also coordinate the Bush administration's foreign policy message. The office would not supplant the US State Department, which has primary responsibility for "telling America's story" overseas. The new office is the brainchild of Karen Hughes, a longtime Bush aide. The New York Times (7/30/02) said the Council on Foreign Relations had issued a report urging Bush to establish the new office, but some Council members held that more propaganda would have little effect. A change in US Middle East policy was required.

Ronald Hilton - 7/31/02