Secretary Clinton and General McChrystal request, get interviews on Al Jazeera English.

Posted: 14 Dec 2009   Print   Send a link
"Al Jazeera's Riz Khan asks Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, how successful the US strategy has been in winning over the Afghan people." Al Jazeera English video, 11 December 2009. Transcript of the interview. State Department, 10 December 2009.
     "And today, in an interview with Al Jazeera, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton added to the signs the Obama administration is pivoting from the engagement to the pressure track on Iran... ." Laura Rozen blog, Politico, 11 December 2009.
     "The day after his first round of testimony to Congress, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, was on a press tour. First stop was National Public Radio, with its internationally inflected American elite audience. Second stop was the obligatory sitdown with the dean of the world press corps, Christianne Amanpour at CNN. Interview number three took place [at] the American broadcast center of Al Jazeera English, the three-year old cousin of the Qatar-based Arabic language news channel. This was an important day for 'English,' as its employees call it, perhaps the most self-validating since the beginning of the Obama administration. The Defense Department asked Jazeera for its time, not the other way around. ... Khan's questions are tough and probing. He refers to an Al Jazeera English investigation of the readiness of Afghan troops and plays a clip from an Afghan soldier who admits as much. ... Within three hours of McChystal's interview, Khan's producer got a call from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's office. Could Khan come over and interview her? Marc Ambinder, Politics, The Atlantic, 10 December 2009. Al Jazeera is international broadcasting. Secretary Clinton and General McChrystal inserting themselves onto Al Jazeera is public diplomacy.