WikiLeaks Documents Deaths in the Iraq War

Is american foreign and military policy so pragmatic and obfuscatory that it takes an Daniel Ellsberg or Bradley Manning to risk imprisonment for exposing the truth to public?

Are our long-term strategies such insidious private knowledge that they must be hidden for decades before they are known? Who are the authors of these strategies and should accountability extend for those whose high risk strategies prove egregious?  It appears that accountability applies, in the main, to those without power or influence.

WIKILEAKS has once again made itself unpopular with the Pentagon, by publishing nearly 400,000 classified military documents on the Iraq war.

The Guardian, the New York Times,Der Spiegel and Le Monde were all given early sights of the documents, but nobody has been through the whole lot. This is one way in which WikiLeaks’s Iraq and Afghanistan document dumps differ from celebrated leaks such as the Pentagon Papers, which revealed double-dealing over Vietnam. Another is that the documents, though shocking in places, have not revealed anything very surprising. The leak does, however, provide another source of data on civilian casualties in Iraq (until now, most newspapers have relied on Iraq Body Count which tends to give higher numbers). It is likely that both sources underestimate the true number of civilian casualties.


About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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