According to this Fox News report, Saddam’s regime uses “a combination of fixed sites and mobile vans in attempts to keep television signals intact.” That explains why we haven’t been able to keep the propaganda off the air for any significant stretch of time.
So Saddam seems to have spent far more time ensuring the continual flow of propaganda than preparing his military for battle. On the surface, such a strategy seems completely idiotic. We are, after all, in a battle of bullets — not of imagery. Then again, the Iraqi military never had a chance against our superior firepower. Keeping people in fear of Saddam’s continued rule, however, has proven to be an obstacle in the war, albeit a temporary and minor one. And of course, such fear is only sustained with a steady diet of propaganda from Iraqi television.