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The Leak

I have to admit that I'm not entirely surprised that there could be/probably is some bad stuff going down with the war in Afghanistan:
Washington is astir over the publication of nearly 92,000 classified military documents detailing strategy correspondence about the war in Afghanistan among American officials from January 2004 to December 2009.

The archive illustrates in mosaic detail why, after the United States has spent almost $300 billion on the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban are stronger than at any time since 2001, The Times’ reporters wrote last night. The documents, made public on Sunday by an organization called WikiLeaks, reflect “deep suspicions among American officials that Pakistan’s military spy service has for years guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants.”

The White House immediately condemned the release of the documents for putting the lives of American, British and coalition troops in danger and threatening America’s national security.

And so, President Obama will spend the week trying to plug yet another leak – one that’s perhaps more intractable and just as politically damaging as the hole in BP’s deepwater oil well.
Disheartening? Yes. Surprising? Not really. It will be interesting to see where the conversation about the war in Afghanistan (and elsewhere) goes, once the full details of this document dump are revealed.