's Secret Weapon: The Facts': In which I basically encourage the U.S. to start a blog (without actually mentioning the word), as a way to confront that persnickety global PR problem. That is, if the aim is to rebut lies, and not spread propaganda.

Posted by at January 12, 2003 08:59 AM
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It's basically being done already: the transcripts of Ari Fleisher's spin is on whitehouse.gov. Useless idea I think BTW, because it's the policies that suck, the spin is well done and quite entertaining.

Posted by: Chris K at January 12, 2003 10:04 AM

Excellent piece Matt. But I didn't see the name Colin Powell written anywhere in that article. If Liberals & moderates could get past Powell's race & smooth delivery, as well as their own prejudices, you might see fit to join the devils on the right and demand Bush fire the guy and get someone like an Al Haig to really shake up State and energize those diplomats like the one you talked to. Instead, Powell, like Kissinger et al, does his best not to ruffle any foreign feathers, but without any strategic vision save the need for the biggest possible cocktail party budget.

Posted by: Lloyd at January 13, 2003 10:10 AM

Good idea, but as long as America supports dictators, corrupt oil sheiksm, and the Israeli occupation, no amount of "truth telling" is going to make a difference. If the US cannot come clean to its own citizens about its sick relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel, how is it going to do so abroad? Until America asks hard questions of its 'allies,' it will be only too obvious how full of shit we are.

Posted by: Fred at January 13, 2003 10:59 AM

Al Haig was a failure at State and did pretty much everything he could to stop the British invading the Falklands.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at January 14, 2003 06:38 AM
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