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WikiLeaks: Where is the Outrage?
It's Only Classified Documents!
For the last couple of days the news has been swamped with stories about the dumping of thousands of classified documents by WikiLeaks. My question, and I assume the same for many, is where is the outrage? The document releases are nothing short of espionage. Realizing we are not in a declared war, there is still no excuse for the lack of outrage. These are classified government documents. They are classified for a reason. People without a security clearance or a “need to know” are not supposed to see them. Many have gone to prison for multiple life sentences for such acts. Our President’s reaction to all this is the largest crime of them all.
President Obama has really outdone himself this time. He went as far as to call the act “irresponsible”. Really? Wow! You had better watch out Julian Assange, Hillary might come over and shake her finger at you! Does anyone remember when we had Presidents that were concerned with National Security? If Richard Nixon had still been President when the Ayatollah Khomeini decided to leave France, he never would have made it out of the Paris airport alive. That’s all I will say about that.
Campaigner Obama stated that Iraq was not the right war but Afghanistan was. This was one of the used-car salesman techniques he used to get elected. Since he took office, we have seen just how dedicated he was to the war in Afghanistan. His troop increase was about half of what the generals said they needed. President Obama has been in search of a way to exit Afghanistan, victory or no victory. He has had no desire to reach a resolution there that benefits the United States or Afghanistan. He just wants us out. Why else would someone broadcast an exit date before securing a victory? That is the same kind of National Security strategy as caring less about the release of thousands of classified documents.
Some have suggested that Obama will use the WikiLeaks incident in one of two ways. Some feel that he will use the incident as an excuse to stay in Afghanistan. Others suggest that he will use it as a way to say it is time to get out. I tend to go with the second scenario. I believe he is determined to stick with the exit date he had stated, in spite of the so-called troop increase. I have heard some express the idea that Operation Enduring Freedom has no foreseeable end. I have to laugh when I hear this. It will end when President Obama said it would, no matter what the conditions on the ground warrant. As Dinesh D’Souza puts it in The Roots of Obama’s Rage , “So Obama figured out a very clever stance. He would seem to be giving victory a chance while maximizing the chances that there would be no victory”.
So now President Obama has his “exit strategy” for Afghanistan. He will withdraw our troops by the date he had pledged, without securing a victory or securing the confidence of the Afghan people in U.S. protection. General Patreaus, referred to as General “Betrayus” by Obama supporters, was chosen for appearances only. President Obama knows full well that we cannot possibly secure a victory by the date he has chosen for withdrawal, even with the placement of an icon such as General Patreaus.
In the meantime, President Obama will display the same kind of concern over WikiLeaks that he demonstrated during the Gulf oil spill. I will continue to ask until someone gives an answer: Where is the outrage? Is the domestic front so overwhelming that there is no time left for a concern over National Security? If the lack of concern over national security persists, there will be no domestic front to worry about.