Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Today's "Big" Story

"Take a look at the Defense Department's official, unclassified, 150-page report, dated April 2010 and titled "Report and Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan." Taken as a whole, it's much grimmer than the scattershot of documents in the WikiLeaks file. More to the point, the documents, which are given half of the Times' front page and five full pages inside, are nowhere nearly as grim—to say nothing of insightful, close-up, or comprehensive—as any number of reports from Afghanistan by the Times' own Dexter Filkins or Carlotta Gall."
Fred Kaplan kicks ass over at Slate, but he fails to draw attention to the gormless wonders' own admission here...
"The Guardian was allowed to investigate the logs for several weeks ahead of publication, along with the New York Times and the German weekly Der Spiegel."
Ha! You've gotta laugh at that! Still, I can't help but think that the leaking of these "War Logs" might yet achieve something of the undoubted political end of destabilizing the Obama administration's efforts in Afghanistan.

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