Oliver Willis

Rolling Stone “Psy-Ops” Story Somewhat Overblown

This Rolling Stone story alleging that psy-ops was “illegally used” by Lt. Gen. William Caldwell against U.S. senators in order to get congressional funding/extra troops is a little overblown.

Yes, Caldwell shouldn’t have gotten a psy-ops team to do this work, and his apparent payback versus the soldiers who refused is definitely worth an investigation, but Rolling Stone hypes the story in a way that makes it seem as if Sen. McCain and Sen. Levin were strapped down and fed LSD. This isn’t the case.

According to the article, this is what happened:

According to Holmes, the general wanted the IO team to provide a “deeper analysis of pressure points we could use to leverage the delegation for more funds.” The general’s chief of staff also asked Holmes how Caldwell could secretly manipulate the U.S. lawmakers without their knowledge. “How do we get these guys to give us more people?” he demanded. “What do I have to plant inside their heads?”

Very wrong behavior, and Caldwell should probably even be fired. But Rolling Stone is doing a bit of trickery here, and it seems to be working.