Country First? Randy Scheunemann Isn't the Only Foreign Agent with Mccain's Ear (Insiders) (On Senator John Mccain, Charlie Black, Public Relation Firms, And America's Foreign Policy) Country First? Randy Scheunemann Isn't the Only Foreign Agent with Mccain's Ear (Insiders) (On Senator John Mccain, Charlie Black, Public Relation Firms, And America's Foreign Policy)

Country First? Randy Scheunemann Isn't the Only Foreign Agent with Mccain's Ear (Insiders) (On Senator John Mccain, Charlie Black, Public Relation Firms, And America's Foreign Policy‪)‬

The American Conservative 2008, Oct 6, 7, 19

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Publisher Description

It was the story that dared Americans not to care--Iraqi soldiers yanking babies out of incubators in Kuwait and leaving them to die. The grisly tale turned out not to be true, but it was the hook that drew the American public into the Persian Gulf War and earned the PR wizards at Hill & Knowlton every dime of the $10.7 million they took from the emir of Kuwait. Hill & Knowlton, backed by the first Bush administration and sympathetic lawmakers eager to protect oil interests in Kuwait, orchestrated a hearing before the House Human Rights Caucus. The Oct. 10, 1990 event featured a witness-the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S.--who hadn't seen the incubator incident. But the truth didn't emerge until it was too late. Due to "firsthand" accounts of atrocities from other "witnesses" coached by Hill & Knowlton, the narrative caught fire. Soon President George H.W. Bush was repeating the trope, and the intervention was transformed from war for oil into a humanitarian mission for incubator babies "scattered like firewood across the floor." Within months, the Kuwaitis, with the help of the best American flacks money could buy, got their war.

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2008
October 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
6
Pages
PUBLISHER
The American Conservative LLC
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
73.1
KB

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