Sunday, September 03, 2006

Psychological Operations

"The mind of the enemy and the will of his leaders is a target of far more importance than the bodies of his troops."
Brigadier General S.B. Griffith, II, USMC

"To seduce the enemy’s soldiers from their allegiance and encourage them to surrender is of special service, for an adversary is more hurt by desertion than by slaughter."
Flavius Vegetius Renatus, c. 378 AD

"For a strong adversary (corps) the opposition of twenty-four squadrons and twelve guns ought not to have appeared very serious, but in war the psychological factors are often decisive. An adversary who feels inferior is in reality so."
Field Marshal Carl Gustav Baron Von Mannerheim, 1953

"In most campaigns the dislocation of the enemy's psychological and physical balance has been the vital prelude to a successful attempt at his overthrow."
Captain Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart, 1944

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds opinion is greater than he who enacts laws."
President Abraham Lincoln

"The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards."
Sir William Francis Butler

"Without a doubt, psychological warfare has proven its right to a place of dignity in our military arsenal."
General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower

"If we do go to war, psychological operations are going to be absolutely a critical, critical part of any campaign that we must get involved in."
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf III, Operations Desert
Shield - 1990

"One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda."
General Douglas MacArthur

"If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
General George S. Patton

"By way of deception, thou shalt do war."
Israel's Mossad

"If you give a man the correct information for seven years, he may believe the incorrect information on the first day of the eighth year when it is necessary, from your point of view, that he should do so. Your first job is to build the credibility and the authenticity of your propaganda, and persuade the enemy to trust you although you are his enemy."
A Psychological Warfare Casebook Operations Research
Office Johns Hopkins University Baltimore (1958)

"Psychological Warfare has always rested as an uneasy activity in democracies, even in wartime. It is partly to do with the suspicion that using the mind to influence the mind is somehow unacceptable. But is it more unacceptable to shoot someone's brains out rather than to persuade that brain to drop down their weapon and live?"
Dr. Phillip M. Taylor, Author of "Munitions of the
Mind", Manchester University Press, 1995

"Psychological warfare employs age-old ideas in twentieth century dress."
D. Lincoln Harter and John Sullivan, Propaganda
Handbook, 20th Century Publishing Co., 1953, p. 198

"Strategic PSYOP proved to be the instrument through which the U.S. and Coalition Forces were successfully able to isolate the enemy and deny him acceptance by the world community."
General Carl Stiner, Former CINCSOC

"There's a war out there old friend, a world war, and it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information: about how we think, how we see and hear, how we work. It's all about information".
"Sneakers", MCA Universal Pictures, 1992



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