So if you’re an imperialist military that needs soldiers and votes from a democratic population, wouldn’t your first order of business be:
a) denying the enemy the ability to propagandize your population
b) propagandizing your own population about the enemy
Would you want the opposing force to get on TV and have a fair opportunity at making their case to your population? Of course not. Whoever the enemy is, you would appoint people to represent the opposition leaders for public consumption. You want your population to perceive the enemy the way you want them to, not the way the enemy wants them too.
Hence, the “War on Terror,” Osama Bin-Laden, Al Qaeda. USA invaded Afghanistan, Iraq, and intervened in a dozen other countries in the last 13 years. If you are a conservative, patriotic white Republican and actually believed there was a world wide radical Muslim terrorist group called “Al Qaeda” that we were fighting, I have two pieces of news for you.
1) Professional wrestling is “worked.”
2) US military propagandists are far, far smarter than you are.