Posted: 30 May 2008 Print Send a link
Heritage Foundation paper supports the Smith–Thornberry amendment to the 2009 Defense Authorization Bill. "Since Congress and the Clinton Administration disbanded the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) in 1999, the burden of strategic communications has fallen on a host of different organizations: the White House Office of Global Communications, the National Security Council, the Departments of State and Defense, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Each of these boasts significant capabilities. Unfortunately, they are not being utilized fully because there is not a national communications strategy to delineate each organization's role and purpose." Tony Blankley and Oliver Horn, Heritage Foundation, 29 May 2008. Notice how this Heritage document omits mention of former Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) as the prime mover in the folding of USIA into the State Department. And it is the State Department that carries out almost all of the former USIA functions, despite the mention of all those other agencies. The exception is international broadcasting, now under the Broadcasting Board of Governors. International broadcasting is not mentioned in this Heritage paper, which is good, because news cannot be credible if "coordinated" as part of a "national communications strategy." See previous post about same subject.