The Bush doctrine: make as many enemies with 24/7 access to communications satellites as possible:
Ron Suskind, The One Percent Doctrine, p. 137: Tapes were delivered directly to Al Jazeera.... Bin Laden, and Al Qaeda, were showing that nonstate actors could also mount a kind of message power... speaking in elegant Arabic about the challenge Muslims now face from the American Goliath, was too good a show....
Tenet pressed [al-Thani]--to rein in [Al Jazeera]. The emir explained... a hard-and-fast rule to never get involved in issues of coverage. There was nothing he could do.
The CIA saw its options more broadly. As Krongard sais, "It came down to a principle you'd hear again and again.... Talk to them in a way they understand."
On November 13... a U.S. missile obliterated Al Jazeera's [Kabul] office.... "This office has been known by everybody, the American airplances kno the location of the office," said Al Jazeera's managing director, Mohammed Jasim al-Ali. "They know we are broadcasting from there."
All that, in fact, was correct.
Inside the CIA, and White House, there was satisfaction that a message had been sent to Al Jazeera.
Impeach George W. Bush. Impeach him now.