Recent gains in the propaganda war?

cat5eU.S. pulls plug on 6 al-Qaeda media outlets

It’s a start:

The U.S. military says it has captured at least six al-Qaeda media centers in Iraq and arrested 20 suspected propaganda leaders since June.

The seizures of the centers underscore the importance al-Qaeda has placed on media, primarily the Internet, as a tool to communicate to its members and use against U.S. forces in Iraq. The group’s media emphasis continues to increase, intelligence analysts say.

A spokesman says that Gen. Petraeus has “placed a greater command emphasis on the media war”. That’s great, but I suspect that 10% of the anti-IED budget shifted to the media aspect of the campaign would have a greater, more immediate, and longer-lasting effect on both the strategic and tactical levels.

Success on this front could make a major difference in solidifying gains on the battlefield, making it more difficult and expensive for the terrorists and insurgents to replace losses. And every little thing that gets local civilians more on our side pays off big in the end.

Oh, and I can’t wait to hear whining about al-Qaeda’s First Amendment rights and such.