The real problem with the laws of war, however, is not what they fail to restrain but what they authorize. The primary function of International Humanitarian Law is to legalize remarkable levels of "good" military violence that regularly kill and injure non-combatants.
What's said about sausage and journalism must also be true of foreign policy: that if you knew how it was produced, you wouldn't want to consume it.
The administration's obsession with keeping the Dutch in Afghanistan is reflected in US Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder's
The cable was sent in July 2009, which would become the deadliest month for foreign troops since the 2001 invasion. The surge
When it comes to WikiLeaks, much of media has planted its flag on the wrong side of the secrecy battle. The government's legitimate need for secrecy is very different from the government's desire to get away with hiding the truth.
In an ideal world, the WikiLeaks revelations would have ended two wars. But rather than retreating, the Pentagon became emboldened that a significant portion of its dirty laundry was aired publicly.
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The Guardian article should not have used the present tense to describe US policy based on the leaked cables while ignoring its own reporting, subsequent to the dates of the leaked cables, that the US said its policy had changed.
* I realize that a "reasonable person" might say that both a war and the reckless spread of classified information about
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Julian Assange has certainly broken his share of hard news, but by publishing these cables as they were obtained, he proved himself a fanatic incapable of distinguishing between newsworthy content and details that endanger people working to make the world safer.
The Guardian cites one example of the rampant corruption, telling of then-Vice President Ahmad Zia Massoud arriving in Dubai
The new WikiLeaks cables provides more evidence of government corruption in Afghanistan. What will it take for the allies to agree that the Afghan government isn't worth supporting?
The WikiLeaks cables provide yet another opportunity to turn the spotlight on the war in Afghanistan, which, despite the fact that it's costing us $2.8 billion a week keeps getting pushed into the shadow
Pakistan's Nuclear Program Perhaps the most interesting snippet of information is related to a rickshaw driver of Lahore
There will be plenty of diplomatic war of words in the coming days over these leaks. The revelations, however, have accomplished what they were intended to do.
The latest leak of some 250,000 documents by WikiLeaks does not appear to constitute a national security crisis, although it will cause more than a little near-term awkwardness for the United States and its partners.
Like the proverbial Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, U.S. government agencies who rely on security of classified information have a problem of epic proportions, which will not be solved with a 1970's approach to security.
It wasn't that North Korea aided Iran in acquiring technology for medium range ballistic missiles; and it wasn't that the
Most troubling in the case of 9/11 is the realization of how little information-sharing with the public and the airlines it would have taken to sound the alarm.