Military Review English Edition July-August 2014 - Page 68

people who were able to watch Al Jazeera and be inspired by the example of others is a remarkable achievement.7 Laudatory comments from senior U.S. officials in the State Department and Congress now seem to represent the opinions of a growing number of leaders—including some military leaders in the Pentagon and forward deployed around the world. While assigned to NATO Training MissionAfghanistan from August 2010 until November 2011, I noticed many senior leaders preferring the Al Jazeera English channel over CNN (Cable News Network) or BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)—the latter two having been the dominant cable television news choices during my deployment to Iraq in 2006 and 2007. In spite of Al Jazeera’s growing credibility and popularity among service members, DOD leaders seem to remain averse to engaging Al Jaze \