Friday, June 26, 2009

Does Obama read Michael Dare on

What Michael Dare said yesterday:

The military budget doesn't need to be cut, it just needs to be spend differently.  
For the cost of let's say one aircraft carrier, we could have a massive airdrop, not of bombs,  but of free iPhones and mini laptops and wifi for every citizen of Iran, and what the hell, North Korea.  

Invite them to experience the freedom of the internet. Win their souls and minds.  
Make the foreign governments look pretty bad when they complain about a 
massive giveaway that every citizen will applaud. 
 Michael Dare

One reporter asked if the White House was considering beaming broadband capability into Iran via satellite so the  opposition forces would be able to communicate with themselves and the outside world. Gibbs said he didn't know such a thing was possible. (Is it?) But he said he would check on the technological feasibility and get back with an answer.

That caused some head-scratching in the press room. If the United States could do that and was planning on doing so,  wouldn't this be one of those intelligence matters that Gibbs won't discuss? But maybe some telecom entrepreneur or  Silicon Valley whiz-kids can make this happen. The Google guys? The Twitter people? XM Radio?  This is the sort of covert action that could be worth outsourcing—with the project manager taking full credit.  Think of the endorsement possibilities: the Iranian Revolution...Brought to You by DIRECTV.

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