Al-Jazeera is in discussions with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, about bringing the network’s English-language channel to millions of U.S. homes, the Qatar-based news service said Tuesday.
I can’t say I actually have a problem with this. Until we break our dependence on foreign oil the Middle East is vital to America’s economic prosperity and our national security. That fact makes it important that we as a country have an understanding of what is going on in that area; both so our policy makers can form policy and so that we as voters can evaluate their performance. Al-Jazeera provides some insight at least. It certainly can’t do any worse than the CIA. I heard somewhere yesterday that the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt caught the government completely off-guard, and that is one reason the response is so scattershot. I really have no trouble at all believing that.