Forget Guantanamo Bay. If President Obama wants to shut down a counterproductive U.S. institution (particularly as it impacts American soft power), he should start immediately with our official international broadcasting network, Voice of America. The following comes from a VOA piece, by Ravi Khanna:
In his inaugural address Tuesday President Obama offered a new relationship with the Muslim world.
“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy,” President Obama said.
With some exceptions on the fringes, most Muslims appear to have welcomed the new tone from President Obama.
Ayman Daraghmeh, a Hamas official in the Palestinian Legislative Council, is optimistic.
So: a Hamas official is representative of “most Muslims.” Imagine who the VOA considers “exceptions on the fringes.”
For the record: Some might be tempted to jump on the fact that Daraghmeh was heartened by Barack Obama’s words. But, in truth, Obama didn’t say anything wrong — or even un-Dubya like.