From Pine View Farm

Misdirection Play, Af-Pak Dept. 0

I can be equivocal* on the effort in Afghanistan, but I’m calling bullshit on this. This is PR damage-control bullshit:

The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks may have blood on its hands, the Pentagon said on Thursday, warning its unprecedented leak of secret U.S. military files could cost lives and damage trust of allies.

As if any thinking person doesn’t realize that persons in Afghanistan or Pakistan already know what’s going on there on both, or on all three, or on however-the-hell-many sides there are in that mess.

There are few similiarities between the Wiki-Leaks leak and the Pentagon Papers, but there are two. Both include stuff that

  • the Pentagon and the government and even the allied governments already knew, and
  • the Pentagon and the government and even the allied governments did not want their citizenry (citizenries?) to know.

Until Wiki-Leaks is caught offing wedding parties with drones, I shall keep calling bullshit.


*I am equivocal.

I am on record here as saying many times that we should have finished there–finished defined as destroying the Al Qaeda leadership completely and totally–rather than wasting time, blood, and treasure on the Great and Glorious Patriotic War for a Lie in Iraq. I am nevertheless more and more fearing that the Bushies’ wasting all that time on the Great and Glorious Patriotic etc. allowed the Afghanistan effort to become unmanageable and–unwinnable is not the right word–beyond the reach of a satisfactory conclusion.

And in doing so they have placed my son (and other persons’ sons and daughters and husbands and wives and fathers and mothers) in harm’s way for three tours of duty for what?

“Because we are there” is neither a moral nor a strategic reason.


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