Re: The Wikileaks Afghan War Logs

As an ex-serviceperson, the notion of a “need-to-know” basis for military documenting is pretty familiar. I served in the Air Force during the Carter administration, and we all understood what it meant to keep secret documents, well, secret. But had I ever run across something I thought was actually harmful to the interests of the US and I’d copied those documents for the media, I know what I’d have received from my superiors. Now, however, this Wikileaks dump does what we haven’t seen done since the Pentagon Papers—provide people with raw intelligence….

Yeah. As in we-the-people.

Personally, I’m sick of the body count on all sides. I’m sick of the idea of war, and sicker yet of the truly sick and demented on the political Right who want constant, perpetual war. Want some truth? Here’s some more truth: These wars, these divisions will not end until the political Right is destroyed, crushed, savaged, and ground into dust forevermore.  Want to blame somebody? Blame the motherfucking Right. Blame McConnell, Boehner, et al.

When the Pentagon Papers were first released, we heard the same cries: This will cripple us in Vietnam, etc. The US was already worse than crippled there, as it is in Afghanistan and surely in Iraq. But no one’s apparently aware of history’s long echoes. Few, anyway. Still, those of us who want overwhelming fact now have what we’ve long needed—to support the idea that these are intenable wars, and that (oh, by the way) the man who began them both is a war criminal. Let’s now deal with Bush, Cheney, and their crimes against humankind.

This, or nothing.


About johnwylam1957

I'm a poet and teacher now living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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