National security has fallen so far under Barack Obama that a high-ranking official in the Department of Homeland Security is berating American cable companies for not carrying Osama bin Laden’s favorite television network.
Juliette Kayyem,the assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs at the DHS,wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe this week entitled,“Let US See Al-Jazeera.” (Capitalization in original.) In it,she rakes ign’ernt Americans over the coals for not appreciating Al Jazeera English (AJE),the Anglophone counterpart to Al-Jazeera. Kayyem writes that cable providers should be “promoting engagement in the Arab world”by “bringing a major player in the Arab world to American audiences.”
Typical of the Obama administration’s approach to all forms of conflict,Kayyem wants America to step aside,promote Islamic interests,and hope our enemies will reciprocate our selfless acts of goodwill. In this case,she wants a major Islamic fundamentalist propaganda outlet beamed into 300 million infidel homes. “AJE’s battle with the cable carriers is major news in the Middle East,”she writes. Not carrying the network “sends a message to the Arab world.”Although she reassures her readers,“Cable companies have no obligation to run programming,”she warns that shunning AJE is “understood by the Arab world as a value-laden decision about America’s lack of desire to hear from the Arab world about the Arab world.”
There is the little matter of the Al-Jazeera’s famously close relationship with terrorists and long history of….