The [NATO] policy in Afghanistan is confusing to me, and if it’s confusing to me, who does this every day, it’s got to be confusing to someone whose primary responsibility is to raise their family and go to work.”
-- Representative Mike Rogers (MI-R), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; remark made some months back.
I notice the U.S. public isn't so confused it can't understand the intricacies of NBA bracketing and football scandals
It's the method of presentation, not the subject matter, that makes it hard for the public to understand NATO policy and U.S. foreign/defense policy general. That's why I suggested after 9/11/01 that major U.S. TV news outlets use sportscasters to deliver news on foreign affairs and take a scorecard approach to keeping the American public abreast of key developments in foreign affairs.
A couple people in the news media I talked with about the idea liked it. But the problem with the approach is that it makes confusing things clear. Washington's FP establishment would collapse if the American public clearly understood foreign affairs.