OohRah! International broadcasters in combat boots. BBG Watch commentator wants USIB under DOD.

Posted: 27 Jan 2013   Print   Send a link
BBG Watch, 27 Jan 2013, "The Federalist": "Readers know that we believe the best option at present is a process we refer to as 'transfer of function:' in essence, absorbing the agency into another department of the government. We believe the best department is the Department of Defense (DOD). We have argued broadly that the agency could be made part of the Armed Forces Network. There are other possibilities: The agency could be absorbed into DOD in its entirety, retaining the institutional name of its entities and the basic organizational chart within the entities. A transition team could be appointed to oversee the transfer. This transition team should be led by an individual with authoritative knowledge of the agency and its mission. One such person could be former VOA director Robert Reilly. Mr. Reilly knows the agency and most certainly knows its problems and could be relied upon to assemble a formidable team to work with him (as opposed to the IBB management style of working against people). There would be no need to relocate facilities. They could be kept in place, save that which may be required for renovation. The BBG would be abolished. In place of the BBG would be a director of US international broadcasting (or an assistant secretary of defense), with the entity heads replacing the IBB executive staff."

I suppose if I wrote as badly as some of the people who write for BBG Watch, I wouldn't use my name, either. On the subject of Robert Reilly, he wrote in MercatorNet, 26 Jan 2013: "Men fight to protect their women. Or, at least, that’s the way it used to be. On Thursday, however, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said, 'Today Gen. Dempsey and I are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the ground combat exclusion rule for women and moving forward with a plan to eliminate all gender-based barriers to service.'" So the US international broadcasting team of the future, under the direction of Mr. Reilly, would not consist of men and women, but men and "their women."