Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WikiLeaks and U.S.-Pakistani Relations

I'm mostly just fascinated by the left's struggles with honesty regarding the goals of WikiLeaks. Julian Assange spouted that he wasn't about bringing the war to an end. Of course, that was during the same press conference in which he alleged war crimes. So, it bears monitoring how all of this plays out. From a partisan perspective, it's kinda funny, but a precipitous Afghan withdrawal would be reminiscent to the troubles of the Johnson administration. It's Obama's war, and if the radical left has its way, he'll lose it. MSNBC's on the case, that's for sure. And interesting, I don't disagree so much with the analysis here, and British correspondent Declan Walsh is correct to indicate that the pressure's on Pakistan now to fix its ISI corruption and terror-abetting (although we already knew that). Mostly I hope that we don't cut-and-run while we're still needed, and we are. Pakistan is ground zero of global jihad, and leaving Afghanistan now before we're comfortable that country's stable will only make AfPak that much more attractive to the globe's killers. More on this throughout the day...


Dennis said...

As much as it is being derided even by Liberal reporters I seriously doubt that this is going to have much of an effect except to make Wikileaks look foolish and rather naive to be kind. Their credibility already leaves much to be desired and this will further erode what was there.
Most of the analysis I have read states that almost nothing in these leaked papers could not have been found in any newspaper or news outlet. An interesting read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/opinion/27exum.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss.
The release now I suspect has more to do with getting the JournoList scandal off the front pages, which has ties with the "media outlets involved.
Another self important narcissist on the Left attempting to be something he is not. At least the "Pentagon Papers" had context. These leaks don't even try to include any context. It would be interesting to see the emails by former JournoList members who have migrated over to another listserv.