Afghanistan: Echoes of Vietnam

In These Times
by Noam Chomsky


The War Logs — a six-year archive of classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan, released on the Internet by the organization WikiLeaks — documents a grim struggle becoming grimmer, from the U.S. perspective. And for the Afghans, a mounting horror. The War Logs, however valuable, may contribute to the unfortunate and prevailing doctrine that wars are wrong only if they aren’t successful — rather like the Nazis felt after Stalingrad...

Has Congress become useless?

Cato Institute
by Gene Healy


Has Congress become ‘a useless appendix on the governmental structure?’ That was what then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., feared in 1968, according to newly released transcripts from the committee’s closed-session debates over Vietnam. Unless Congress was willing to assert itself on the war, he said, ‘I do not see how we have any real function.’ Last week found Congress once again doing a good imitation of a vestigial organ, as the House forked over $37 billion more for our endless Afghan adventure...

Alpha dogs

San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll


The interesting thing about those 90,000 leaked documents from WikiLeaks about the Afghanistan war was how unsurprising they were…. They told us we were doing badly in Afghanistan, which, duh. … Secrecy for the sake of secrecy is what got us here, from way back in the halcyon days of the invasion of Iraq. Remember when you weren’t supposed to call it an ‘invasion’ …? Obama ain’t Bush, but he apparently is equally fanatical about stopping leaks in his White House. … Well, good luck on that one. He should be grateful for something like WikiLeaks, which at least took the time to redact certain documents that might put American soldiers in harm’s way...

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