Priorities

PRIORITIES….Last month I linked briefly to a report by Daniel Kimmage of RFE/RL analyzing al-Qaeda’s media and internet strategy. Marc Lynch has this to say about Kimmage: “There are very few people inside or outside the government who have worked harder or thought more deeply about how jihadists use online media, drawing on the original Arabic sources rather than from second and third-hand conjecture. It is clear that everyone working on the issue has learned a tremendous amount from those reports, even when we don’t agree on how to interpret his findings.”

You can guess the end to this story, can’t you? He’s been fired. Budget cutbacks. Apparently analyzing al-Qaeda didn’t make the cut for FY08, priority-wise.