Monday, November 28, 2005


Bombing Al Jazeera Not a New Idea

As Eric Schmeltzer pointed out on HuffPo, a simple google search turned up this article from 9/30/03 on by Frank Gaffney Jr., who "held senior positions in the Reagan Defense Department [and] is currently president of the Center for Security Policy."
Under a headline which proclaims "Take Out Al Jazeera," Mr Gaffney writes:

'If we are serious about this war, we need a totally revamped information policy -- replete with much more concerted and effective efforts to win the hearts and minds of people who have no reason to fear us, let alone to attack us, but are being told to do so by Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya. A place to start would be to rapidly start up a satellite television service of our own, capable of reaching millions of currently unserved viewers in Iraq... In the meantime, it is imperative that enemy media be taken down if they insist on using their access to the airwaves as instruments of the war against us and our allies."

Kind of puts that "outlandish" comment by the White House to rest, don't you think?
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