WikiLeaks and Afghanistan

Yesterday, Wikileaks released 90,000 pages of classified U.S. military material
documenting 2004-2009 of the ongoing occupation of Afghanistan.

Surprise, surprise,
things are not going so well over there.

The U.S. has killed lots of civilians, many more than admitted,
the Taliban is stronger than ever before,
Pakistan and Iran are involved,
and the U.S. government, the same U.S. government that last week
barely saw fit to extend unemployment benefits,
has spent over $300 billion in Afghanistan.

War crimes, waste, corruption, and insanity.

So all this obviously means the U.S. gets out ASAP, right?

(Glenn Greenwald has more information plus links to why WikiLeaks is secret government’s Enemy #1
and further analysis of the released documents).

Not a great way to start the week, I know,
but very necessary.
                            

5 thoughts on “WikiLeaks and Afghanistan

  1. Big news. Enormous in size and potential significance. But impact? The jury’s still out on that one. Will it get lost in the 24-hour news cycle? Buried on an inside page of the ever-shrinking newspaper? I wonder.

    • They’re trying their best to put the focus on the leak itself, but with the supplemental vote up this week, we might actually get some traction. Here, the story ran on the front page, above the fold. We’re talking The Denver Post. That’s good.

      • That *is* good!

        The story initially ran in the “LA Extra” section yesterday–the spot reserved for breaking news. I was disappointed, to say the least, as I wanted it to have immediate and wide exposure. But I’m VERY happy to see it’s been placed above the fold on the first page of today’s LA TIMES, with an emphasis on the questions/concerns it raises.

      • That’s great the LA Times put it front and center today. I especially like the emphasis on questions and concerns. If we’re too apathetic to question what we’re doing over there, it’ll always be more of the same.

  2. Re: Cost of war

    That’s a pretty stark reality. Maybe we should make up t-shirts with that dollar amount on it. Of course, we’d constantly have to change the amount since it’s an endless stream of money going into those two “endeavors.”

    My first two cars were less than that, too.

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