July 27, 2010

EXACTLY HOW MUCH DID THE POST SAY WE PAY FOR THIS "INTELLIGENCE"?:

WikiLeaks shocker? In Kabul, Pakistan support for Taliban is no surprise: WikiLeaks documents saying that the US military believes Pakistan's spy agency supports the Taliban jibes with what Afghanistan's leaders have complained about for a long time. (Dan Murphy, 7/26/10, CS Monitor)

[T]he major take-away from what some are calling the largest single leak in US government history is to simply confirm a mundane reality: The Taliban are stronger than ever and a crucial component of their success is the support they receive from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The military spy agency nurtured the Taliban in the 1990s and has maintained ties to the group ever since, notwithstanding billions of dollars in recent US aid to Pakistan.

In Afghanistan, this is not exactly news. It is a fact US diplomats are grappling with in Kabul, Afghan citizens are debating in the bazaars of Kandahar, and foreign troops are acutely aware of on NATO outposts in Helmand Province, where June marked the deadliest month for foreign troops.


National Security officials would understand their jobs better if they ignored all of the data generated by the intelligence community and just read the newspaper.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 27, 2010 5:48 AM
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