What is "low intensity conflict"? It is certainly not "low intensity" for those on the receiving end. Rather, it is a military doctrine that recognizes that:
When the U.S. military could not impose its will through force of arms in Central America, it turned to "total war at the grass-roots level." Death squads, destruction of civilian infrastructure, secret bombing, and spreading endless lies were the order of the day then, and have become so once again as the U.S. loses even the feeble grip it won in Iraq through Rumsfeld's invasion-lite.
The U.S. public doesn't want to sacrifice to fight an imperial war. So the Iraqis get "low intensity conflict." The U.S. public gets the psych-ops treatment. The Administration had to lie its way into the Iraq invasion; as its rationales have collapsed, it has had to more and more to adopt tactics of stealth and dissimulation to keep the war going.
Though most of the follow-up stories have failed to highlight this, the original LAT story contained the real nugget about our PR exploits, deeply buried:
Iraqis don't have to look to their "free press" to find out who makes their lives miserable; the target of this operation is right here among the credulous in the USofA.