Somewhere in hell, Gen. Westmoreland is rolling over.
The White House is not amused:
“We strongly condemn the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organisations, which puts the lives of the US and partner service members at risk and threatens our national security. Wikileaks made no effort to contact the US government about these documents, which may contain information that endanger the lives of Americans, our partners, and local populations who co-operate with us.” – Retired Marine General Jim Jones, National Security Adviser
The New York Times revealed at the same time something that has been suspected for a long time: “…an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban…”
There has been a lot of talk about V.P. Joe Biden’s strategy of looking to Pakistan, which has been used to attack Pres. Obama on his Afghanistan focus as being wrongly pointed. If we learn anything from the reports coming out and the new Wikileaks it should be that engaging in Central Asia isn’t a simple equation of choosing one of these countries over another.
We’re up to our eyeballs in intrigue and it is becoming clear we don’t have the first clue how far behind we are in understanding the players or their motives.
More writing on the secret CIA paramilitaries, aka “the euphemism here is OGA, for ‘other government agency'” is going to bring high decibel caterwauling. Civilian casualties in war are always heartbreaking. But I don’t know what people are expecting in a complicated, civilian embedded enemy zone during an assymetrical free for all. I’m not condoning it, but let’s not be naive. What did you think was going on in Afghanistan?
But if you want to know why Gen. McChrystal blew his career by venting to a Rolling Stone reporter, the information cascading out right now leads you to the answer.