Over at The Daily Beast, John Avlon ran a profile of The Long War Journal and the coverage of the Hakeemullah and Qari Hussain Mehsud tapes in relation to the failed Times Square bombing. The article provides some concise yet accurate background on this site. The title of the article is “The Taliban’s Favorite Website,” which is definitely good for a laugh. Well, clearly one of the fathers of the Taliban likes us.
During the interview, John asked a great question about the risk of disseminating Taliban propaganda. Here is the answer:
Critics may charge that publishing information gained from the Taliban amounts to disseminating propaganda during wartime, but Roggio said he has wrestled with that ethical issue and found clarity. “I think the propaganda cuts both ways,” he said. “They might be getting to gloat and maybe benefit in terms of recruiting, but it really should serve another purpose from the U.S.’s perspective: The propaganda should be viewed as a reminder that these people really are our enemies and they really do want to kill us.”
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