Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lieberman condemns leak of Afghan war materials

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) issued the following statement in response to the leak of classified materials related to the war in Afghanistan:

"The disclosure of tens of thousands of classified documents on the Afghanistan war is profoundly irresponsible and harmful to our national security. The Obama administration is absolutely right to condemn these leaks."

"Most of these documents add nothing to the public understanding of the war in Afghanistan. The materials -- which cover the period from 2004 to 2009 -- reflect the reality, recognized by everyone that the insurgency was gaining momentum during these years while our coalition was losing ground. That is precisely why President Obama carried out a policy review in late 2009 and subsequently ordered a surge of forces to Afghanistan as part of a comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency strategy that is now under way under the command of General Petraeus. We should give General Petraeus and our troops on the ground the time and support they need to succeed. Although we know that the path ahead is difficult, we also know the consequences for our national security will be catastrophic if e abandon this effort and allow the Taliban and their allies to regain a safe haven in Afghanistan. That is the path back to 9/11."

"It is also important to recognize that Wikileaks is not an objective news organization but an organization with an ideological agenda that is implacably hostile to our military and the most basic requirements of our national security. Americans and our allies should be wary of drawing conclusions based on materials selectively leaked by Wikileaks, as it seeks to sap support for the Afghan war among the American people and our European allies."

Labels: , , ,


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home