Whatever Happened To International Propaganda?

A series of short films designed to bolster the image of the U.S. in Europe has surfaced 50 years after it was first produced. “The 25 films were long hidden from Americans because of laws, now changed, that barred the government from using tax dollars to propagandize its citizens… By turns blunt and beguiling, menacing and mawkish, the films beg an overriding question: Why, with this experience behind it, has the United States failed so conspicuously since Sept. 11 to bolster its image in another region it seeks to transform, the Middle East?”