Missing the Point

by Joshua Foust on 1/26/2009 · 1 comment

Baktash is right: the one thing southern Afghanistan needs right now is not another propaganda channel. As he so ably puts it, “I would like to ask from the Britain government officials that do you think when people do not have enough food, medicine, water, shoes and cloths for their childrens, they listen to your Twenty million dollar radio station.”

Well, exactly. They think their main problem is IO. It’s one problem, but only one among many—and they don’t seem to get that fixing all those other problems (access to food, water, medicine, education) is itself an IO victory. More on this idea here.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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Pat January 28, 2009 at 12:58 am

Could you not just write things out, instead of talking in acronyms, as if you actually were some buzz-haircut grunt? IO, I have only discovered after a quick google, is Information Operations _ a jargon crap-speak term for blow-smoke-up-the-ass military analysts apparently in too much of a hurry to talk proper English.
Though apologies, of course, if I have just wandered into closed club for cyber-armchair generals (CAG) and bored soldiers online (BSO)?

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