Victims' Rights Caucus

Speeches

Tokyo Rose, 2006

Feb 16 2006

Madam Speaker, during the great World War II, the Japanese were searching for a way to demoralize the American forces that they faced. The Japanese psychological propaganda warfare experts came up with a message that they thought would work very well for them. They gave the script to their famous broadcaster, Tokyo Rose. Every day she would broadcast this same message packaged in various ways hoping to have an impact on American GI morale.

What was the message? It had three points: One, your President is lying to you. Two, the war is illegal. Three, you cannot win this war.

Madam Speaker, does that sound familiar? Maybe that is because some in the media and some individuals have picked up the same message and are broadcasting it to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and to our enemies. The only difference is these people claim to support our troops before they demoralize them.

Come to think of it, Tokyo Rose used to tell our troops she was on their side, too. But the Tokyo Rose propaganda machine was unsuccessful, just as the propaganda cynics of today will be unsuccessful in this war on terror. And that's just the way it is.