Robert Satloff may be surprised to discover that he is about six years behind the power curve with this idea. And that the plan is not merely theoretical.
We have -- from time to time -- referred here to various aspects of the program as being part of the primary post-9/11 U.S. Strategic PSYOP.
From today's Washington Post, How to Win The War Of Ideas:
Rather than expend effort on winning Muslim friendship for America, our engagement with Muslim publics -- what we call "public diplomacy" -- should focus on identifying, nurturing and supporting anti-Islamist Muslims, from secular liberals to pious believers, who fear the encroachment of radical Islamists and are willing to make a stand.
This strategy would involve overt and covert ways to assist anti-Islamist political parties, nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, media outlets, women's groups, educational institutions and youth movements as they compete with the radicals. It calls for marshaling government resources -- our embassies, aid bureaucracies, international broadcasting units and intelligence agencies, as well as our commercial, educational and civic relationships -- to give anti-Islamists the moral, political, financial, technological and material support they need. A key feature of this includes empowering local Muslims with information about the salafist or Wahhabi connections of their radical Islamist adversaries.
Our goal is to help anti-Islamists prevent extremists from controlling public space, public speech and public behavior.