The documents show that the US – under 3 administrations – has been duping the American public about the Afghan war – attempting to present it as a success even when they knew it was a costly failure (in lives as well as money).
Such is democracy. But who believed that the US war machine was part of the democratic process? It operates outside it – and, through lobbying, influences the democratic process in its favour.
But the reason I’m writing this post is because of Julian Assange. Julian Assange is currently detained by the British government in Belmarsh – a prison for detaining terrorists – for what? For publishing documents showing that the US administration was lying about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For example the documents which Assange published showed that the US was telling the public that helicopters which had been downed by the Taliban had simply suffered mechanical failure; a prime example of how they were lying in order to disguise how badly the war was going.
This release by the Washington Post – a good piece of journalism it has to be said – vindicates Assange. There is no longer any credible reason to detain Assange. Free Assange now!