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Summary | The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of December 12

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  • Fake Taliban Leader, Fake Elections, Fake Deadline, Real Trouble
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  • New Afghan War Plans Could Cost US Taxpayers an Extra $125 Billion
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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New Afghan War Plans Could Cost US Taxpayers an Extra $125 Billion, Ben Arnoldy, Christian Science Monitor

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  • US war planners have been signaling that troop withdrawals set to begin in 2011 will be mostly symbolic and that the handover to Afghan forces in 2014 is “aspirational.”
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  • A Shift in US Deadlines
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  • Higher war costs could hurt the base defense budget [and] the rest of the discretionary budget.
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Fake Taliban Leader, Fake Elections, Fake Deadline, Real Trouble, Dennis J. Kucinich, truthout

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  • Afghanistan War, Nightmare without End for Troops, Innocent Civilians and US Taxpayers
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  • Truthout Editor's Note: This is taken from a press release from Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a leading voice for peace in congress.
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War News Unfit for Print, Andrew Oxford, In These Times

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  • Wikileaks’ Iraq War Logs revelations are clearer outside the United States.
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  • 'There is much less of a focus on the aspects of the leaks that make the U.S. look bad,' says Jim Naureckas of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).
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  • Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the (US) Press
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Special Report | Wikileaks II

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We should understand - and the Pentagon Papers is another case in point - that one of the major reasons for government secrecy is to protect the government from its own population.

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  • The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange
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  • The WikiLeaks Cables And U.S. Foreign Policy
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Paresh Nath

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The Shameful Attacks on Julian Assange, David Samuels, Atlantic

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  • The truly scandalous and shocking response to the Wikileaks documents has been that of other journalists, who make the Obama Administration sound like the ACLU.
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  • From Jefferson to Assange
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From Jefferson to Assange, Robert Scheer, Huffington Post
It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange's defense on the WikiLeaks issue.

War News Unfit for Print, Andrew Oxford, In These Times

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  • Wikileaks’ Iraq War Logs revelations are clearer outside the United States.
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  • 'There is much less of a focus on the aspects of the leaks that make the U.S. look bad,' says Jim Naureckas of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).
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  • Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the (US) Press
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The WikiLeaks Cables And U.S. Foreign Policy, The Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • WikiLeaks' Julian Assange insisted that his website was "an organization that tries to make the world more civil and act against abusive organizations that are pushing it in the opposite direction."
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  • Special Report | Wikileaks
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The WikiLeaks Cables And U.S. Foreign Policy

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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange insisted that his website was "an organization that tries to make the world more civil and act against abusive organizations that are pushing it in the opposite direction."

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The Progress Report, Think Progress

Since last weekend (Nov 27-28), the international organization WikiLeaks has been releasing a trove of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, some dating back as early as 1979. This is the third such document release by the organization. The first, in July, contained 77,000 documents relating to over seven years of the U.S.-led coalition's war in Afghanistan. The second, in October, contained some 390,000 documents from the Iraq war.

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The latest documents cover a broad range of issues, from U.S. attempts to find host countries for Guantanamo detainees, to U.S. officials' concern over both Afghan and Pakistani allies' commitment and ability to fight extremism, as well as very candid appraisals of the leaders of U.S. allies such as France,  Russia, Canada, and Turkey. Commenting on Monday, Secretary of State Clinton called the release of documents "not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests," but "an attack on the international community -- the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity." However, British historian Timothy Garton Ash writes, "[M]y personal opinion of the State Department has gone up several notches," noting that the analysis found in the cables "is often first rate."

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Special Report | Wikileaks, David Culver, Evergreene Digest, ed.

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  • WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"
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  • Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press
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The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Washington’s pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion – excluding Arab East Jerusalem – should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.

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Noam Chomsky, truthout

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President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel leave through the doorway in the Cabinet Room of the White House, as the president walks the prime minister to his car following their meetings, July 6, 2010. (Photo: Pete Souza / Official White House Photo)

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Washington’s pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion – excluding Arab East Jerusalem – should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.

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In September the last settlement freeze ended, leading the Palestinians to cease direct talks with Israel. Now the Obama administration, desperate to lure Israel into a new freeze and thus revive the talks, is grasping at invisible straws – and lavishing gifts on a far-right Israeli government.

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Special Report | Wikileaks

We should understand- and the Pentagon Papers is another case in point- that one of the major reasons for government secrecy is to protect the government from its own population.

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  • WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"
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  • Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press
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David Culver, Evergreene Digest, ed.

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John Deering

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Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership" Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!/Reader Supported News
We should understand- and the Pentagon Papers is another case in point- that one of the major reasons for government secrecy is to protect the government from its own population.

WikiLeaks Honduras: State Department Busted on Support of Coup, Robert Naiman, t r u t h o u t

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  • Why does this matter now?
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  • First, the constitutional and political crisis in Honduras is ongoing, and the failure of the US to take immediate, decisive action in response to the coup was a significant cause of the ongoing crisis.
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  • Second, the relationship of actual US policy - as opposed to rhetorical pronouncements - to democracy in the region is very much a live issue from Haiti to Bolivia.
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WikiLeaks Cable: White House Worked With GOP To Kill Bush Torture Probe, David Corn, Mother Jones
A WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans got really bipartisan.

Wikileaks Exposes Complicity of the Press, Gareth Porter, CounterPunch
Documents Show New York Times and Washington Post Shilling for US Government on Iran Missile "Threat"

Murder Threats Rise Against WikiLeaks Founder, Tom Hayden, The Peace and Justice Resource Center

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  • Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell
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  • As embarrassing WikiLeaks documents continue being released to the mainstream media, the response from frustrated commentators ranges from “execute him” [Mike Huckabee, Fox] to “hunt him down like the Taliban” [Sarah Palin] to ignore him as “delusional” [Jeffrey Toobin, CNN]. In both cases, the dangers are real.
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