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Kerry statement on Wikileaks could raise alarm bells

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and generally a strong supporter of the Obama administration, sent a signal Sunday night that the Wikileaks disclosure of 92,000 classified documents on the Afghan war could have political consequences for the president.

"However illegally these documents came to light, they raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan," Kerry said in a statement. "Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the calibrations needed to get the policy right more urgent."

There are several interesting elements about Kerry's statement. He didn't hint at any softening in support for the war, but some phrases are likely to set off alarm bells at the White House -- in particular "serious questions about the reality" and "make the calibrations needed to get the policy right."

At the least, Kerry seemed to be suggesting he will hold hearings on the documents and what they mean. But he also appears to be signaling that the White House needs to demonstrate -- if only politically -- that it has taken steps to address any shortcomings in the war effort suggested in the documents.

Of course, most of the documents cover the war effort under former president George W. Bush, and the White House has already issued a statement saying that it was aware of these problems and addressed them in its policy review last year. But Kerry seems to be saying that politically, that may not be enough.

By Glenn Kessler  | July 26, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
 
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Of course there should be political consequences. No one should ever vote Republican again, for starting these useless and endless wars.

Posted by: chucky-el | July 26, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Here is Obama's leadershiop: In June 2008, Obama the candidate described his nomination as “the moment when .  .  . our planet began to heal.” In June 2010, Obama the president promised his partisans he would find an “ass to kick.”

Some leader, eh!

Posted by: cpameetingbook | July 26, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama has already sent 566 American soldiers to their deaths in Afghanistan, 260 (so far) this year. Only 75 more to go, one more month at the rate Barry the chickenhawk is getting them slaughtered, and the demander-in-chief will have gotten more of our guys killed in 18 months than Bush did in 8 years.

[Source: icasualties.org]

Miserable failure Obama


Posted by: screwjob17 | July 26, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse


General McChrystal asked for 80,000 more troops for a surge in Afghanistan. Barry the incompetent boob Obama sat on his hands for four months, then last September gave only 30,000 troops, and told the Taliban when they would be leaving.

This headless chicken in the White House has nearly doubled the Afghanistan death count in just 18 months in office: It now stands at 1207. Way to go, Barry.

[Source: icasualties.org]

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob17 | July 26, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

One hopes this does have a positive effect, bringing Pres. Obama to his senses. I should think he has the excuses he needs to get out of this enveloping catastrophe.

Should he decide otherwise, he needs to articulate clearly and carefully why we should remain.

Though I doubt he shall, he might give these reasons:

1. the importance of Afghanistan as a locale for an oil pipeline;

2. the importance of stymying Iranian influence now that we have shored it up with the corollary defense of Israel;

3. the instability of a nuclear nation--Afghanistan;

4. the fear of 'Publicans calling him a "cut-and-run" coward;

5. the economic need to
a. subsidize contractors and
b. maintain defense expenditures;

6. the importance of maintaining an undermanned, all-volunteer force lest the well off, like senators and congressmen, ceos, etc, have to share in the blood sacrifice with their children;

7. Let's talk about this AFTER the mid-term elections.

It would be heartening to hear the reasoning, even if it turns out to be less cynical than this list.

Posted by: mini2 | July 26, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry for the error and the repetition.

One hopes this does have a positive effect, bringing Pres. Obama to his senses. I should think he has the excuses he needs to get out of this enveloping catastrophe.

Should he decide otherwise, he needs to articulate clearly and carefully why we should remain.

Though I doubt he shall, he might give these reasons:

1. the importance of Afghanistan as a locale for an oil pipeline;

2. the importance of stymying Iranian influence now that we have shored it up, with the corollary defense of Israel;

3. the instability of a nuclear nation--Pakistan;

4. the fear of 'Publicans calling him a "cut-and-run" coward;

5. the economic need to
a. subsidize contractors and
b. maintain defense expenditures;

6. the importance of maintaining an undermanned, all-volunteer force lest the well off, like senators and congressmen, ceos, etc, have to share in the blood sacrifice with their children;

7. Let's talk about this AFTER the mid-term elections.

It would be heartening to hear the reasoning, even if it turns out to be less cynical than this list.

Posted by: mini2 | July 26, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: mini2 | July 26, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Why don't the American people face the fact that this administration is the worst in the history of this nation. Further, two of the three branches of the United States Government can't seem to acknowledge that they separate powers given they by the United States Constitution and are NOT required to pass laws just because one or the other of the two branches want it passed. The Executive and Legislative Branches are CORRUPT!! It is time to replace them with people who WILL preserve, protect, and follow the Constitution to the letter!

Posted by: wssykes | July 26, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The hits keep on coming for this Administration. But what do you expect from someone whose experience is that of a community organizer and a Senator with no documented accomplishments!

Can't wait for his next act of ineptitude!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | July 26, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Who prey tell is in charge of our intelligence community? If there is any substance to this data, a whole bunch of folks should be looking for work, real soon. It is bad enough we have these wars, that produce zero results, however when in a conflict, the Public is never of any help, as they are, and should remain, un-informed.

Posted by: dangreen3 | July 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course there will be consequences for Obama, the fact that this unnecessary and illegal war, like Iraq, was started and funded by Republicans, ensures that Democrats will be blamed.

But if it means that we will withdraw from Afghanistan, leaving the tribes to fight it out amongst themselves, and putting huge numbers of Blackwater mercenaries out of work, it is a good thing.

Posted by: pblotto | July 26, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse


"We will kill bin Laden. We will crush al-Qaeda. That has to be our biggest national security priority."

Barry the lying weasel Obama
October 7, 2008 presidential debate


Posted by: screwjob17 | July 26, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope we don't get a recap from Sen Kerry of American soldiers behaving like the hordes of Ghengis Khan? It would also be nice if he seemed a little concerned about how such a massive amount of classified data was leaked for the terrorists and our enemies to review at their leisure. Its such a massive amount that it seems like it would be easy to spot who had access and leaked it. How are we suppose to stop terrorists if someone can so easily and so anonymously dump years of classified data....tens of thousands of documents, onto the internet?

Posted by: valwayne | July 26, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Of course there should be political consequences. No one should ever vote Republican again, for starting these useless and endless wars.

Posted by: chucky-el
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You mean the wars that the democrats voted for before they voted against them?

Posted by: peterg73 | July 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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