When The Ultimate Weapon – Surprise – Is Undermined By A Pattern Of False Information

Part of the Pentagon's PR plan is under fire. The Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month that the military - using a carefully worded statement - had purposely
misled CNN (in a report that aired in October) about a potential troop deployment. The military's move was part of a psychological operation ("psy-op") intended to dupe
insurgents in Falluja, Iraq, and to allow U.S. commanders to see how guerrillas would react of they believed U.S. troops were entering the city. (CNN was able to clarify the story
in a subsequent report.)