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Andrew Exum on the WikiLeaks documents

July 28, 2010

This pretty much sums up my feelings regarding this issue. Political activism masquerading as ‘journalism’, while endangering the lives of allied servicemen.

from NY Times, July 26, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/opinion/27exum.html?ref=opinion

Many experts on the war, both in the military and the press, have long been struggling to come to grips with the conflict’s complexity and nuances. What is the public going to make of this haphazard cache of documents, many written during combat by officers with little sense of how their observations fit into the fuller scope of the war?

I myself first went to Afghanistan as a young Army officer in 2002 and returned two years later after having led a small special operations unit — what Mr. Assange calls an “assassination squad.” (I also worked briefly as a civilian adviser to General McChrystal last year.) I can confirm that the situation in Afghanistan is complex, and defies any attempt to graft it onto easy-to-discern lessons or policy conclusions. Yet the release of the documents has led to a stampede of commentators and politicians doing exactly that. It’s all too easy for them to find field reports to reaffirm their preconceived opinions about the war.

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