Roundup 11/5: Time to Close Iraq Embassy

News & Opinion on Terrorism & Strategic Communication — November 5, 2007


Time to Close IraQ Embassy. “Now is that time for all Americans to stand up for the diplomats who serve this country ably and courageously throughout the world, for decades on end.” (Juan Cole, 11/1).

Islamist Websites Monitoring Project. “The purpose of MEMRI’s Islamist Websites Monitor Project, launched by MEMRI in 2006 as part of the Jihad & Terrorism Studies project, is to keep Western audiences informed about the steadily growing phenomenon of jihadist sites on the Internet, which are used by terrorist organizations and their supporters to spread their extremist message and to raise funds and recruit activists” (MEMRI 11/1).

Arab F=Reform, Now in English. “On November 1, 2007, Aafaq,(1) a leading Arabic reform website, launched its English page.” (MEMRI, 11/2).

Hughes’ Failure Stems from Bad Policy. “Why did Karen Hughes so signally fail? Hint: It was not just her corniness. No, the real problem was a massive, central failure of strategy – a failure that now threatens the success of the entire Bush foreign policy.” (David Frum, National Review Online, 11/3).

Brand America is Sagging. “It’s not helpful when people dislike the country of origin. It gives your global competitors an emotional edge. No one appreciates this more than Brand America’s sales force, namely the State Department.” (Brandingstrategyinsider, 11/4).