<small>As quoted from the article,</small> "WASHINGTON (AP) Pentagon officials are debating whether to use the military to conduct covert propaganda operations in allied nations, ten months after disbanding a controversial office that had the same goal." I'm always impressed when I hear the word covert. <small>As quoted from the article,</small> "A previous Pentagon program aimed at winning hearts and minds overseas died quickly last February when Rumsfeld ordered the shutting of the short-lived Office of Strategic Influence. It was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America to centralize information operations, such as spreading messages on a battlefield by leaflet or through airborne broadcasts, officials said. Subtle, as you all know, I love subtle! <small>As quoted from the article,</small> "Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld is said to oppose using the military for a new array of such responsibilities, though he believes the U.S. government has not done a good job of educating the world about American goals and policies." And he's got hard data to back his skepticism up. <small>As quoted from the article,</small> "In a broad international survey released early this month, the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that the United States is falling out of favor in 19 of 27 countries where a trend could be identified. The dislike was especially striking in Muslim countries. Seventy-five percent of those surveyed in Jordan had an unfavorable opinion of America, as did 69 percent of Egyptians and Pakistanis, for instance." And all this time I thought the administration didn't know what was going on. They were obviously waiting for all the studies and surveys to come in. I like people who make informed decisions! Read all about it here.