Secretary Clinton, on Arabic channels, talks about Iran.

Posted: 18 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "has been on something of a media blitz all week: The State Department has sent reporters dozens of transcripts of interviews, including segments with Al-Arabiya and Al-Hurra. She even did an appearance on Al-Jazeera's Arabic network, which U.S. officials don't do nearly often enough. I'm struck, though by how single-mindedly these interviews are focused on Iran and its nuclear program. In Clinton's Al-Arabiya interview, for example, there are 29 mentions of Iran, compared with one mention of democracy, and zero of human rights. I understand that the administration wants to bolster international support for sanctions on Iran, and Clinton is leading that push. Her interviews were perhaps aimed more at Arab governments than Arab publics. But it seems like she, and the administration, missed three good opportunities to speak directly to the general population (okay, two, since nobody watches Al-Hurra)." Gregg Carlstrom, The Majlis, 17 February 2010.
     "'I think the upcoming elections in Iraq are very important, and I hope no one boycotts, because we know that the last time there was a boycott, it didn't work out very well,' [Secretary Clinton] told U.S.-funded Al Hurra TV in an interview in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, while on a Gulf tour." AP, 18 February 2010.
     "Madam Secretary, first, thank you for your time. You have made a great speech in Doha about the relations between the U.S. and the Muslim world. And you visited today the OIC headquarters in Jeddah. Why are you doing these gestures toward the Muslim world?" From transcript of interview by Michel Ghandour of Alhurra with Secretary Clinton, State Department, 16 February 2010. See also BBG/MBN press release, 16 February 2010. And transcript of interview with Secretary Clinton by David Gollust of VOA, State Department, 16 February 2010.