Before choosing Collateral Murder as the name for his Iraq video, Assange told a colleague, "We want to knock out this 'collateral damage' euphemism, and so when anyone uses it they will think, 'collateral murder.'"
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.
Julian Assange says that "capable, generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims." His words ring true, but he himself has little control over which victims he nurtures, and which he creates.
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.
The U.S. must form a more serious coalition to squeeze Iran politically and economically. The call for this coalition has become more important as the U.S.-led peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians continue.
"Afghanistan, remember, was going very, very well," Shelton said. "The drumbeat back here in Washington was still pushing
The leaked reports back up what Iraq war veterans have been telling journalists for years, only to be ignored by the mainstream media.
The flood of data from Wikileaks makes it harder, not easier, to see the patterns that we still need to learn from this misbegotten war.
• US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers