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"Wikileaks War Logs? Nothing new, move along." Sure…To November!

Posted by Newshoggers.com on July 27th, 2010

From our partners at Newshoggers.com

By Steve Hynd

I've been mildly astounded by how fast pro-war pundits have climbed aboard the "nothing new to see here, move along" bandwagon when discussing the Wikileaks document dump on Afghanistan. Like rats climbing aboard a sinking ship. Meanwhile, the rest of world is finding the leak as a new reason to focus on that quagmire.

Josh Mull:

Sure, war supporters gave it the old college try. The White House and other political leadership stressed that the leaks contained no new information, incidentally clearing up once and for all the confusion we had over whether they were ignorant or merely incompetent and negligent prosecutors of US foreign policy. Some even tried to deflect the argument on to Wikileaks operator Julian Assange, as if the leak coming from him – or Paris Hilton or Spider-Man – has anything to do with the information it contained.

But their arguments are for naught, the war is now simply indefensible. The facts are on our side, and these leaks do nothing else if not confirm and validate the criticism so far levied against the war in Afghanistan. The effect is to make the IPS headline, "Leaked Reports Make Afghan War Policy More Vulnerable," seem something like the understatement of the century. Gareth Porter writes:

Among the themes that are documented, sometimes dramatically but often through bland military reports, are the seemingly casual killing of civilians away from combat situations, night raids by special forces that are often based on bad intelligence, the absence of legal constraints on the abuses of Afghan police, and the deeply rooted character of corruption among Afghan officials.

The most politically salient issue highlighted by the new documents, however, is Pakistan’s political and material support for the Taliban insurgency, despite its ostensible support for U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

You could pick just one of those things Porter mentions and it could spell catastrophe for the war. Instead we have all of it. It does more than make the war policy more vulnerable, it puts any war supporting politician in Washington in serious electoral peril.

McClatchy's featured cartoon today explains why 102 House Democrats voted against the latest war supplemental:

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Kevin Siers / The Charlotte Observer (July 27, 2010)

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