July 28, 2010

WHAT WOULD BE SURPRISING...:

No news is still bad news in leaks of Afghan reports (Shaun Waterman, July 27, 2010, Washington Times)

One of the most shocking things about the publication of a huge database of secret field reports from the U.S. military in Afghanistan is how few surprises it contains. [...]

"There is, as far as I can tell, nothing of any real interest in there," said Peter Bergen, a fellow at the New America Foundation think tank and a leading U.S. scholar on the Afghan war.

Mr. Bergen attributed the furor about the publication to the fact that the documents were classified. "Everybody loves secrets. If this material was unclassified, no one would care," he told The Washington Times.

Mr. Bergen added that the lack of any new information in the database "says a lot about the quality of U.S. intelligence" in the conflict.


...is if the intelligence agencies had any secret that was useful rather than counterproductive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 28, 2010 5:40 AM
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