“Psychological Operations or PSYOP are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of organizations, groups, and individuals. Used in all aspects of war, it is a weapon whose effectiveness is limited only by the ingenuity of the commander using it.” ~Major Ed Rouse (Ret), Psychological Operations/Warfare
Nearly a decade ago, I was cursed/blessed to have a boss who was retired military. She’d been active duty during the Iraq war, serving stateside in psychological operations, that she referred to as PSYOPS, also known as Psych Warfare. I loved my job very much and worked diligently to overcome the twisted obstacle that my boss soon became. During the 16 months that I suffered through this ordeal, I felt as though I’d received covert training in counter strategies for blocking the intended harm an evil boss was trying to inflict on all of us under her lead, but me in particular. It became a sick, live chess game. The knowledge I acquired during this grueling period, proved very valuable and useful in all the days that have followed. (I did waltz out the door one bright day, after eventually figuring out that it was time to graduate from my PSYOPS schooling.)
It dawned on me a few months ago, that so many of our current President’s tactics are exactly the same as my previous boss’s, almost to the point of being freaky. I pondered this for awhile, wondering if it was because they have similar personalities perhaps… but no, that’s not it. And then a few weeks ago while I was running after work, the connection between the two suddenly popped into my mind: Psych Warfare. Ah-huh! When I held up the PSYOPS profile alongside Donald Trump, the lightbulb went off.
That’s it exactly!
So now, as we step intently toward our nation’s future on November 6, 2018, we must have a strong grasp of the looming obstacle that will hold us back, possibly even halt our nation’s progress, if we’re not alert and careful. The most significant threat to our country’s well-being is our president’s Psychological Warfare tactics seemingly being used to upend our democracy and Constitution.
If you Google Psych Warfare and PSYOPS and brush up on all the strategies and specifics, it becomes much more clear what counter moves are most effective in combatting this type of twisted aggression.
Good Luck. We can do this!
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