I just received an breaking news e-mail from the NY Times. I didn't use "breaking" in the title, because this is just going to confirm a lot of things we already know.
The text of the email:
Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sun, July 25, 2010 -- 5:27 PM ET
Secret Archive Gives Grim View of Afghan War
A six-year archive of classified military documents to be made public on Sunday offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal.
The secret documents, to be released by an organization called WikiLeaks, are a daily diary of an American-led force often starved for resources and attention as it struggled against an insurgency that grew larger, better coordinated and more deadly each year.
I’ve been trying to write more, but the diary keeps getting corrupted after about 30 seconds. Anyone have any idea what’s wrong? I’ve tried doing this almost a dozen times.
Anyway, the article is massive, with interactive stuff, etc. I really don't know where to begin.
For the little I've gotten through so far, the first thing that comes front and center is the Pakistani army and intelligence agency can't be trusted for a second. There seems to be so much double dealing its just useless. In fact, one document shows that they have been working with the Taliban against us!
The documents, to be made available by 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 in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.
Remember, we're shipping a billion dollars a year to Pakistan for their help. Help?! Part of their intelligence agency was actually controlling suicide bombers!
The documents were given to the Times some time back and to The Guardian in the UK and Der Speigel in Germany. There are ten of thousands of pages that Wikileaks has put online, and I believe the Times has done the same.
In just a few minutes, I realized that this document dump is our equivalent to the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. This is big stuff, and if we're lucky, it will push for an end to our involvement there a lot sooner than next July.