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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:46 PM
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LEAKED MEMO: Karen Hughes Thinks Small In Combating Iraq Insurgency
LEAKED MEMO: Karen Hughes Thinks Small In Combating Iraq Insurgency

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes heads off to the Middle East this weekend for a round of public diplomacy. Think Progress has obtained this internal memorandum sent from Hughes to National Security Council Principals earlier this month entitled Thinking bigger.

A key section of this memo offers the Bush administrations strategy for Public Diplomacy to Counter Insurgency in Iraq. Far from thinking bigger, the recommendations for defeating the insurgency are small-minded, unambitious, and disconnected from reality. Here are Hughes three ideas:

Substantially expand Micro scholarship programtargeted at youth in key disadvantaged areas in Iraq, such as Sadr City or Anbar Governorate.

Create a fund to support media projects by Iraqis, such as documentaries, short films, animation, audio-visual productions and other material that would show Iraqs reality to pan-Arab and pan-Islamic audiences.

Revive book publishing in Iraq to fill the intellectual vacuumand supportIraqs hard-pressed intellectuals.

See the full memo HERE.

http://websrvr80il.audiovideoweb.com/il80web20037/Think...

more at:
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/10/28/hughes-memo/
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:48 PM
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1. KH-dumber than a sack of rocks.
As are most of this bunch Little Boots brung to the big city with him.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:50 PM
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2. Want don't they try turning on the water and electric first?
Then get the US Contractors and Troops out and leave these poor people alone.

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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:50 PM
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3. Sounds like the NEA
Maybe they should put Phil Gramm in charge :eyes:
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:50 PM
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4. can't belive they are actually sending that thing to the ME again!!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:55 PM
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5. Oh, joy, Karen Hughes: counterinsurgency expert
Why am I not feeling enthused at that concept??
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Yoda Yada Donating Member (474 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:55 PM
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6. The office of Under Secretry of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs...
...is a ruse. Diplomacy, is not ( nor ever has been) a part of the Bush agenda.

Hughes' main work lies in coaching, rehearsing, and explaining difficult words and concepts to the inept and confused George W. Bush.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:06 PM
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7. They left out the footnotes:
- Substantially expand micro scholarship program

Sounds great for those few students who are willing to brave the violence in the streets to GET to school.

Create a fund to support media projects by Iraqis, such as documentaries that would show Iraqs reality

The Middle East is already seeing Iraq's reality -- it's called the news, and it ain't pretty

Revive book publishing in Iraq to fill the intellectual vacuum and support Iraqs hard-pressed intellectuals.

A better way of assisting the intellectuals (those who are left) is to keep them from being killed on a daily basis. As for books, I guess reading them is restricted to daylight hours -- because thanks to us, there's no electricity.

What an IDIOT!!!!
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:07 PM
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8. How Much Are We Paying This Woman?
Let's see, she's SES, probably at the top of the rate catagories. How much is that these days, hundred fifty grand or so? For this we get a comic-book view of the world?
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:09 PM
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10. I want a refund
Not happy with services
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:08 PM
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9. echo chamber of delusions
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Monkeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:25 PM
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11. Be careful of Memo's remember Dan Ratter
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:36 PM
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12. Hey, Karen, Iraq's hard-pressed intellectuals are very busy
fleeing the country in terror. They don't have time to wait for you to revive book publishing in Iraq. Nitwit.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:39 PM
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13. ask this guy karen ....
http://baghdadtreasure.blogspot.com /
Treasure of Baghdad

ya read what he has to say about the new iraq

or maybe ask this guy

http://ejectiraqikkk.blogspot.com /
Iraqi Konfused Kid
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:55 PM
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14. As has been noted....
....Iraq lacks basic services (except in the Green Zone), and yet all three of these "big ideas" require electricity in order to be carried out.

What was striking to me was the photo included with this article at ThinkProgress. The look on Condi's face as Karen Hughes gives her spiel to Dunderhead appears as if she's thinking that even she can't believe that someone could be so stupid and disconnected.



So I'd like to recommend that Ms. Hughes be sent to Iraq... to Sadr City and Anbar Governorate to personally oversee the implementation of her program ideas. I'm sure she'd do a "heckavajob."

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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:01 PM
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15. If this wasn't so tragic...
I'd be laughing.
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:39 PM
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16. Hughes had some great ideas for keeping Americans focused on the war
(snip)

Posted Monday, Oct. 8, 2001

The President's two most trusted White House aides, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, last week quietly began soliciting ideas from G.O.P. consultants and public-relations executives for ways to keep Americans focused on the war effort even as the life of the nation struggles to return to normal. Proposals include everything from benefit concerts to patriotic TV ads to a special website giving up-to-the-minute war-progress reports.

One possibility: a televised megaconcert with performers celebrating American values like freedom and democracy. Bush advisers both inside and outside the White House thought the star-studded telethon that aired Sept. 21 was, as one put it, "very nice, but a little too Hollywood and New York"--i.e., liberal. The White House-sponsored event would be aimed at "educating a new generation of Americans on what war is all about." Think Lee Greenwood instead of Fred Durst, Brooks and Dunn in place of U2, Tom Selleck rather than Brad Pitt. And way fewer candles.

more
http://jcgi.pathfinder.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171...
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