Whistleblower, U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, Daniel Davis, Says Military Top Brass Lies To Congress & Deceives Public On Afghan War Leading To Pointless Maneuvers, U.S. Soldier Wrongful Deaths. This War Is A DISASTER FOR USA – U.S. Military, Like Gov’t/Big Biz/Church/School Boards/Scout Masters/Spouses/Children/Sales People/Etc., Is Also Very Political & Untrustworthy. Remember Pat Tillman!

 

MORE FALLEN IDOLS!

 


http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/the-afghanistan-report-the-pentagon-doesnt-want-you-to-read-20120210

 

TABACCO: The Majority of WHITE AMERICANS used to believe in Police Integrity without question. But WHITE COP ON BLACK CRIME has taken the bloom off that Rose – except for the most out-of-touch white folks!

 

Now those guys, U.S. Military, we have honored and trusted, not just on Memorial Day, have been exposed to be just as Corrupt, Immoral, Lying, Genocidal and Untrustworthy as America’s Police Officers.

 

In case you didn’t know, members of RELIGIOUS CLERGY are also to be viewed with EXTREME PREJUDICE lest you get fleeced by the Scoundrels that populate that Capitalist Front!

 

So TRUST is NOT something you can surrender willy-nilly just because of the attire, good looks, retinue, reputation, character references, or title preceding or succeeding a name! In a period of history in which Clergy act like Criminals and Politicians act like Clergy, the ABSOLUTE RULE OF THUMB MUST BE:

 

Don’t Listen To What They Say;

Watch What They Do!

 

Now for the complete text of that RollingStone Article screen-captured above:

 

The Afghanistan Report the Pentagon Doesn’t Want You to Read

POSTED: By Michael Hastings

 

Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Scott Shane published a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. According to the Times, the 48-year-old Davis had written an 84-page unclassified report, as well as a classified report, offering his assessment of the decade-long war. That assessment is essentially that the war has been a disaster and the military’s top brass has not leveled with the American public about just how badly it’s been going. “How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?” Davis boldly asks in an article summarizing his views in The Armed Forces Journal.

Davis last month submitted the unclassified report –titled “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leader’s Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” – for an internal Army review. Such a report could then be released to the public. However, according to U.S. military officials familiar with the situation, the Pentagon is refusing to do so. Rolling Stone has now obtained a full copy of the 84-page unclassified version, which has been making the rounds within the U.S. government, including the White House. We’ve decided to publish it in full; it’s well worth reading for yourself. It is, in my estimation, one of the most significant documents published by an active-duty officer in the past ten years.

Here is the report’s damning opening lines: “Senior ranking U.S. military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the U.S. Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan.” Davis goes on to explain that everything in the report is “open source” – i.e., unclassified – information. According to Davis, the classified report, which he legally submitted to Congress, is even more devastating. “If the public had access to these classified reports they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is actually true behind the scenes,” Davis writes. “It would be illegal for me to discuss, use, or cite classified material in an open venue and thus I will not do so; I am no WikiLeaks guy Part II.”

According to the Times story, Davis briefed four members of Congress and a dozen staff members and sent his reports to the Defense Department’s inspector general, and of course spoke to a New York Times reporter; only after all that did he inform his chain of command what he’d been up to. Evidently Davis’s truth-telling campaign has rattled the Pentagon brass, prompting unnamed officials to retaliate by threatening a bogus investigation for “possible security violations,” according to NBC News.

Although Davis’s critics have tried to brush off his claims as merely the opinions of a “reservist,” – as Max Boot put it – his report is full of insight, analysis, and hard data that back up each one of his claims. He details the gross failure of training the Afghan Army, the military’s blurring of the lines between public affairs and “information operations” (meaning, essentially, propaganda), and the Pentagon’s manipulation of the U.S. media. (He expertly contrasts senior military officials public statements with the actual reality on the ground.) Davis concludes: “It is my recommendation that the United States Congress – the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in particular – should conduct a bi-partisan investigation into the various charges of deception or dishonesty in this report and hold broad hearings as well,” he writes. “These hearings need to include the very senior generals and former generals whom I refer to in this report so they can be given every chance to publicly give their version of events.” In other words, put the generals under oath, and then see what story they tell.

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor to Rolling Stone and author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.

 

 

Next, a more comprehensive, detailed and wordy report:

 

http://www.emptywheel.net/2012/02/11/lt-col-daniel-davis-truth-telling-continues-long-report-published-by-rolling-stone/

 

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis’ Truth-Telling Continues: Long Report Published by Rolling Stone

Posted on February 11, 2012by Jim White

 

Speaking truth to power is a brave act wherever it is carried out. But when that power is the strongest military force on earth and the one speaking truth is coming from within the ranks of that force to point out blatant lies promulgated at the very top of the organization, then it is indeed a rare form of bravery.

 

Earlier this week, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis published a short report in the Armed Forces Journal and coupled that with discussions with the New York Times’ Scott Shane for an article hitting on the same subject area. In those reports, we learned that Davis had prepared much longer reports, both a classified one, which he shared with several members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, and a non-classified one, which he intended to publish. In the Armed Forces Journal piece, Davis noted that he intended to publish the longer report at his afghanreport.com website, and in an editor’s note, it was pointed out that “At press time, Army public affairs had not yet ruled on whether Davis could post this longer version.” In a very interesting twist, Davis’ long report now has been published, but not at his website. Instead, Michael Hastings, whose The Runaway General article at Rolling Stone eventually resulted in the firing of Stanley McChrystal, has posted Davis’ report (pdf) at the Rolling Stone website, along with a brief introduction from Hastings. There will be a post soon from bmaz addressing Davis’ approach to whistle-blowing and his treatment of classified information.

 


The ANSO figure on which Davis based his final point. Link to original ANSO (pdf) report: http://www.ngosafety.org/store/files/ANSO%20Q1%202011.pdf

 

The Lies

 

Davis’ thesis in the longer report remains unchanged from the original. He maintains that despite persistent claims by top military brass that progress is being made in Afghanistan, there is in fact no progress. Violence continues on a steady increase and Afghan forces are nowhere near a point where they can maintain security in the absence of ISAF forces. On the final page, he has this to say about his “final take-away” from the report. He prepared a graphic based on the one reproduced above:

 

“If there were only one thing I could ask you to take away from this rather lengthy brief, it would be this one page. Below you see charted over time, the rising violence from the end of 2005 through the first quarter 2011 (chart source: ANSO, 2011). All spin aside, you see regardless of who was in command, what strategy they used, or what claims they made, nothing impacted the rising arc of violence from 2005 through today. The one thing, however, that has never changed: the upward arc of violence, which continues its rise and is expected to continue at least through this summer.”

 

In his version of the figure in his report, Davis delineates the periods under which each of five different generals has been in charge in Afghanistan. Looking at the original figure from ANSO, however, we can see Davis’ point that who was in command didn’t matter and what strategy they were promulgating didn’t matter. Violence continued its steady increase. And that trend continued through the remainder of 2011. Here is ANSO’s presentation (pdf), in a slightly different format this time, of violence data by year where all of 2011 is included, rather than just the first quarter:

 


ANSO violence data by year with all of 2011 included.

 

Again, there is no indication whatsoever that any progress in reducing the level of violence is taking place. ANSO is not the only source of violence data. The US GAO also prepares reports based on the same underlying data. I covered the disclosure of similar data in this post from May, 2010, and this post from January, 2011.

 

But of course, when we hear top military officials report on Afghanistan, we hear about progress and how we are defeating the momentum of the Taliban. Here is how Davis describes the distortions being spread (from page 2):

 

“Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan. It has likely cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars Congress might not otherwise have appropriated had it known the truth, and our senior leaders’ behavior has almost certainly extended the duration of this war. The single greatest penalty our Nation has suffered, however, has been that we have lost the blood, limbs and lives of tens of thousands of American Service Members with little to no gain to our country as a consequence of this deception.”

 

Davis provides countless examples of the lies being spread. Just a few will have to suffice here. From page 15:

 

“In a 17 October 2011 ISAF press release, General Caldwell said, “I am amazed at the significant progress that the Afghan security forces have made over these last two years. It’s been brought about because of tremendous partnerships that exist in the international community helping get at this very mission.” Yet numerous publicly available reports quantitatively refute these many claims.”

 

From page 16:

 

“On March 15th, 2011 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy along with General David Petraeus testified before Congress on the status of the war in Afghanistan. In her statement she said of the ANSF that the United States had “been able to improve their quality substantially by developing Afghan noncommissioned officers and trainers, expanding the training curriculum, adding literacy programs, increasing retention rates, and partnering Afghan units with ISAF forces in the field. As General Petraeus will describe in detail, US and ISAF forces fighting side-by-side with increasingly capable Afghan units throughout the country have wrested the initiative from the insurgents…”

 

During my 12 months in Afghanistan I travelled over 9,000 miles and saw or participated in both mounted and dismounted combat patrols in virtually every area US Army troops were engaged. Many of those were joint missions with ANSF forces. What I saw first-hand, in virtually every circumstance, was a barely functioning organization – often cooperating with the insurgent enemy – that was dramatically different than the progressing organization depicted by the Secretary in the March 2011 hearing.”

 

Information Operations

 

Davis makes a strong point that one aspect of the lies being promulgated about success is that they are part of an information operation. On page 23, Davis describes how information operations work:

 

“The 2006 edition of Joint Publication (JP) 3-13 Information Operations, proscribed the synthesis of several heretofore independent categories of information to Joint Forces. JP 3-13 explains that “IO are described as the integrated employment (emphasis mine) of electronic warfare (EW), computer network operations (CNO), psychological operations (PSYOP), military deception (MILDEC), and operations security (OPSEC), in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting our own.”

 

The manual also stipulates that an IO cell chief is responsible for ensuring that “IO planners are fully integrated into the planning and targeting process, assigning them to the joint targeting coordination board in order to ensure full integration with all other planning and execution efforts.” Since it is so crucial for the Joint Force to “fully integrate” IO into every aspect of military operations, it is important to understand what some of these inputs specifically require. Two are of particular import: military deception and psychological operations.

 

Military Deception is defined as “(JP 3-14.3) being those actions executed to deliberately mislead adversary decision makers as to friendly military capabilities, intentions, and operations, thereby causing the adversary to take specific actions (or inactions) that will contribute to the accomplishment of the friendly mission” and PSYOP as “(JP3-53) planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

 

The problem here is that while information operations directed at enemy forces have an appropriate role in military activities, it is illegal for the military to carry out information operations aimed at public perceptions in the US. It would appear that the military has clearly overstepped that line through its repeated insistence of progress when zero progress has in fact been achieved. (I addressed military deception and what I considered to be McChrystal’s role in it in this post in April, 2010.)

 

The Media

 

But, the question naturally arises that if the war effort in Afghanistan has been failing so badly and the data to prove that have been publicly available, why hasn’t the press seized on that fact? On pages 26 and 27, Davis asks and then provides the sad answer to that question:

 

“One of the key questions most readers must be asking about this point in the report, is how could such an extensive, pervasive, and long-running series of deceptive statements have gone unnoticed by virtually the entire country? There are a number of reasons, but perhaps none bigger than the role played by the major media in this country. This is not an issue where “the liberal media” of the major networks failed, or “the right-wing conservatives” of FOX News, nor any other specific network. Rather, it was a cumulative failure of our nation’s major media in every category: network news, cable news, magazines and major newspapers.

 

/snip/

 

The code of ethics that suggests it is a journalist’s duty to seek the truth while “providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues” seems to be less important than having access to top leaders.”

 

Because the military carefully controls access to key figures, it is able to keep the media in line through fear of losing access to the next big story if they publish anything they fear will prevent access in the future.

 

Iraq Surge vs. Afghanistan Surge

 

Once we realize the fact that the surge in Afghanistan has not worked, the natural question arises of why it didn’t since the Iraq surge is so widely credited with turning around the violence trend there. After all, both surges have been sold as the model for the new COIN centered around the idea of protecting the population.

 

The answer here is that we were sold lies about the underlying forces behind the decrease in violence in Iraq. In short, violence decreased for reasons mostly unrelated to the surge and the new COIN approach. From page 57:

 

“As is well known, the turning point in 2007 Iraq came when the heart of the Sunni insurgency turned against al-Qaeda and joined with US Forces against them, dramatically reducing the violence in Iraq almost overnight. The overriding reason the Sunni insurgency turned towards the United States was because after almost two years of internal conflict between what ought to have been natural allies – al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the greater Sunni insurgency – a tipping point was reached whereby the Iraqi Sunnis finally and decisively turned against AQI. Had this unnatural split not occurred, by all accounts I have been given on both the Iraqi side and the US military side, “we would still be fighting in Iraq today,” in the words of two officers I know who fought there.”

 

There simply has been no turning against insurgents in Afghanistan in the same way there was in Iraq. The COIN strategy has been the same in both places, so it is impossible to escape the conclusion that the military’s current version of COIN alone is insufficient to end violence in Afghanistan.

 

Fallout From Dishonesty

 

America’s failure to deal with the lies being spread about Afghanistan have profound effects on our standing both in Afghanistan and throughout the world. From pages 72 and 74:

 

“In my view, our duplicity in and around Afghanistan is one of the key problems with our efforts, and where practically speaking, our failures have the greatest negative impact. We continually convey to the Afghan people the same “victory narrative” we share with the American people, but the local population recognizes it for what it often is: fiction.

 

/snip/

 

One of the least considered consequences of mendacity, even among Members of our Congress, is that when we do not deal honestly with public audiences our credibility and reputation take significant hits. This loss of credibility itself has hidden consequences. A diplomat I know from a nation very friendly to the United States recently told me how things look to even some of our best allies. He says many in the diplomatic community aren’t sure whether US senior leaders are knowingly saying things that aren’t true – or something worse, in my opinion – don’t know what they’re doing on serious international issues. The point, he said, is that “not a few of them trust the US government’s capability to understand and judge on, in particular, foreign issues. In other words, many foreign diplomats think that the US governmental officials ‘sincerely’ express their misunderstanding and misjudgment… I know some foreign diplomats and military guys who express their deep distrust of the US government’s capability to understand foreign military issues.”

 

And, of course, Davis points out that if what the US says is commonly understood to be fiction, then there simply is no way to negotiate a peace settlement in the area, because the parties at the negotiating table have no basis on which to believe anything the US promises.

 

Renewed Call For Honesty in Military

 

Davis closes by calling for a series of Congressional hearings to address the lies that the military has been spreading. From pages 76 and 77:

 

“If the American people do not demand their leaders be completely honest with them, we all forfeit the ability to determine our own destiny. If our acquiescence for a war decision is gained by some leader telling us a version of events that will result in our support – but that version is not in accordance with what really exists – how can we know whether war or supporting a war is really a good idea or not? Are the American people content to allow selected individuals, for reasons important to them, to decide when they are told the truth and when they are given fiction? When we tacitly know leaders don’t tell the truth and yet do nothing about it, we effectively surrender control to our leaders and give them free reign to do as they see fit. Already we have gone far down this path and as a public have already relinquished considerable control that ought to reside in the people’s hands.

 

/snip/

 

It is my recommendation that the United States Congress – the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in particular – should conduct a bi-partisan investigation into the various charges of deception or dishonesty in this report and hold broad hearings as well.”

 

In closing, it should be pointed out that Davis doesn’t accuse the entire upper level of the military as being equally involved in the spread of deceptive information. He lists a number of high-level officers he believes to be honest. However, he does lament in the report that those willing to bend the truth seem to be more likely to be promoted, leaving honest officers behind. Some of those become so disgusted with the dishonesty that they resign.

 

Davis’ description of how dishonesty can lead to promotion in the military fits well with many aspects of Michael Hastings’ book “The Operators“, where we see how the staff surrounding Stanley McChrystal put as much effort into information management as it did to military strategy in carrying out its operations.

 

Postscript

 

Firedoglake.com will host a book salon on “The Operators” on February 12, 2012 at 5 pm Eastern. Michael Hastings will participate in the online discussion, so it seems likely we can also ask him questions relating to his decision to publish Davis’ report.

 

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26 thoughts on “Lt. Col. Daniel Davis’ Truth-Telling Continues: Long Report Published by Rolling Stone”

(Edited by Tabacco re how I edit Comments at my Blog more or less)

1.  KenWInIA on February 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm said:

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell. Long live the revolution!

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2.  Arbusto on February 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm said:

I just don’t know where to turn in our Government for the truth and facts and responsibility when every facet from the Supreme Court, Administration or Congress is based on self-serving lies, complicity or dogma. How could our Republic fail on so many fronts so quickly?

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3.  Raphael Cruz on February 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm said:

the policy of the u.s. government is lies… that’s the simple and sad truth…

And, yes, I DO take it personally

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5.  MadDog on February 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm said:

As much as I regret to admit it, the truth of the matter is that there is no incentive for either body of Congress nor the Administration to call for a grand hearing to have Lt. Col. Davis speak his truth to power.

 

The Democrats who control the Senate and the Executive branch have no incentive because as the party in charge of the Executive branch, they only stand to acknowledge their current ownership of the failure.

 

The Repugs who control the House have no incentive because it would mean admitting the alternate reality universe where the US is winning, and always wins, is nothing but another one of their crazy as outhouse rats fantasies.

 

This then is how we sheep get rolled by the PTBs. Unlike the dominant takeaway dialogue in the movie “A Few Good Men”, we the public are the only ones who can handle the truth, and therefore we must not be allowed to know it.

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6.  joanneleon on February 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm said:

Couple of things. I read this article quickly, Jim, and intend to read it more fully. I am confused about a couple of things and hoped to understand them before delving in.

 

1) I thought that the Pentagon IG had not yet approved LTG Davis’ report for release to the public. I looked at his web site where he says this:

 

This site will publish LTC Daniel L. Davis’ full unclassified report on Afghanistan as soon as the Army Public Affairs office completes their review and releases the document for public release.

 

Until that time, several of LTC Davis’ other published works and video presentations he made are available here.
http://www.afghanreport.com/

 

I know that he handed something to the press, but am not sure if it is the same report he is talking about here. Are you saying that the report he is waiting for approval on is the same one he released to the press, and someone has decided to publish it in full?

 

2) I heard that he is now under investigation by the Pentagon for possible security leaks. Do you know if this is true?

 

Anyway, thanks for the run down. I don’t know how if I will be able to read the whole thing (at least not right away) so I very much appreciate the fact that you did and provided some highlights and analysis.

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7.  jo6pac on February 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm said:

@joanneleon:
2) I heard that he is now under investigation by the Pentagon for possible security leaks. Do you know if this is true?

 

Don’t know but not surprising whistleblowers are dealt with the iron fist with the 0 group and there should have been a parade. If this make main stream corp./ media it will be spun that he’s a trader to Amerika and this hurts the troops and the citizens.

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8.  Sam on February 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm said:

The public doesn’t get its information about Afghanistan from the military. The public gets its information from politicians and most importantly, the President. This is Obama’s war – he chose to escalate – and no doubt he has the information. If the public has been lied to about how poorly things are going, the blame for their deception lies squarely at his feet. How is this different from Bush’s deception to get us to fight in Iraq?

 

What has Obama gained? Let’s see: A tough-guy reputation, powerful friends in the military and defense industries, and a potent political weapon to be used against Republicans for his own re-election.

 

Meanwhile, we lose our blood, treasure, and soul.

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10.PeasantParty on February 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm said:

So many things to say and comments to make about his report.

 

Jim,

 

I wonder if he is aware that the NSA and FBI have been targeting citizens that are against the wars?

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12.matt carmody on February 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm said:

Izzy Stone’s book on Korea shows MacArthur and his office in Japan escalating, at least on paper, attacks by the North against the South whenever it appeared that peace was at hand. Whenever peace or detente raised its ugly head during the Cold War there was always an incident that delayed or canceled the talks.
Petraeus and the political generals should be in jail instead of becoming embedded in the intel community where they can do irreversible damage. Look at the damaged CIA Bush the First left in his wake when he left. Just another criminal who Barry should have investigated and prosecuted.

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13.matt carmody on February 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm said:

@Arbusto: A generation of government bashing and flag waving, that’s all it took. The Americans who voted for everyone from Nixon until now, but especially the ones who voted for Raygun and the Bushes deserve everything that happens to them, whether it’s becoming unemployed or having no health coverage for themselves or their families or becoming homeless, whatever.

 

May every single Reagan Democrat suffer a fucking lifetime of misery.

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TABACCO: A-M-E-N!!!

 

14.alinaustex on February 12, 2012 at 8:16 am said:

is this why the get out of dodge date has been revised to earlier rather then later ?

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15.PeasantParty on February 12, 2012 at 9:48 am said:

@matt carmody: My father was in the Korean war and I have developed a great hatred for McAss and Kissdeather. I know you are aware of whom that second name belongs to.

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16.tjallen on February 12, 2012 at 10:23 am said:

The Davis Document at Rolling Stone shows signs of hasty editing, or worse. For example on the page named Page 10 of 84, near the bottom, and again on page 23, items have been edited out and ellipses or bracketed notes inserted. Some of these mention items I am familiar with, but other notes are obscure reminders-to-onesself rather than the expected content. I’m still trying to decide whether this is by haste, self-censorship, or something else. Your thoughts? Thanks btw for great post.

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17.Jim White on February 12, 2012 at 10:48 am said:

@tjallen: Yes, I noticed quite a few spots where editing was incomplete. My guess is that Davis was in discussions with a number of people in Congress and the military on the final details of what would be released to the public. Note also that in his introduction at Rolling Stone, Hastings says they got a copy without identifying their source of the copy. That makes it seem likely to me that Hastings intended one final editing pass based on his discussions with the military before he put up a final copy.

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18.Matthew Hoh on February 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm said:

@Jim White: The version Rolling Stone received was a draft version. The NY Times has published the final version submitted to the Army for review here:http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/the-whistleblowers-report/

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19.bmaz on February 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm said:

@Matthew Hoh: Matthew, thanks

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20.earlofhuntingdon on February 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm said:

Mr. Obama did not invent the meme that “progress” was just around the corner – it was a common refrain, for example, when the Johnson and Nixon White Houses talked about achieving “victory” in Viet Nam. As he has done with everything else bequeathed him by Cheney and Bush, however, Mr. Obama has improved upon and made it permanent.

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21.Jim White on February 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm said:

@Matthew Hoh: Repeating bmaz’s thanks for the link. Thanks for dropping by, as well. Any reactions you’d like to share would be welcome.

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22.tjallen on February 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm said:

@Jim White: Thank-you for your response. I’m still reading the report(s). Having multiple drafts available may, intended or not, encode information otherwise unavailable.

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23.justbetty on February 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm said:

I don’t understand how this kind of information can be considered classified when any of the regular guys who have served out there will tell you the same thing.

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24.Matthew Hoh on February 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm said:

@Jim White: Thanks Jim. Great pieces by yourself and bmaz.

 

I wrote an op-ed on Huffington Post last week that more or less summarizes my feelings:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew-hoh/lieutenant-colonel-davis-afghanistan_b_1256157.html

 

One of the most frustrating aspects of this is the number of people in DC, particularly journalists and members/staffs of Congress, that tell me Davis’ story is not newsworthy or is something that they already knew. The acceptance of and acquiescence to, by so many people, of my generation’s bright, shining lie is unnerving; if for no other reason than for the sheer numbers of people in positions of responsiblity whose inaction signifies complicity.

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TABACCO: The proper response to a journalist, who says, “I already knew it” or “It’s not newsworthy” is “If you knew it, then why did you keep it secret!” and “If it’s not newsworthy, then why not! Tea Party activities are, and this isn’t? Please explain!” Hypocrites must be confronted with their Hypocrisies, particularly journalist-Hypocrites!

 

25.Jim White on February 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm said:

@Matthew Hoh: Thank you so much, Matthew, for coming back by and sharing the link, but especially thank you for providing moral support to Lt. Col. Davis as he goes through this process.

 

I highly recommend Matthew’s op-ed to everyone, it’s too full of important points for me to try to excerpt.

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26.CTuttle on February 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm said:

@MadDog: *heh* As I told Michael Hastings, at yesterday’s FDL Book Salon…

 

In response to Michael Hastings @ 109

 

“These hearings need to include the very senior generals and former generals whom I refer to in this report so they can be given every chance to publicly give their version of events.” In other words, put the generals under oath, and then see what story they tell…

 

Ain’t never gonna happen…! 8-(

 

Mahalo, Jim…! Great analysis…!


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9 Responses to Whistleblower, U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, Daniel Davis, Says Military Top Brass Lies To Congress & Deceives Public On Afghan War Leading To Pointless Maneuvers, U.S. Soldier Wrongful Deaths. This War Is A DISASTER FOR USA – U.S. Military, Like Gov’t/Big Biz/Church/School Boards/Scout Masters/Spouses/Children/Sales People/Etc., Is Also Very Political & Untrustworthy. Remember Pat Tillman!

  1. admin says:

    WAR & PEACE REPORT!

    U.N. Assembly Condemns Syria Crackdown

    The U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a measure condemning the Syrian government crackdown on opposition protesters and endorsing an Arab League call for a political transition. The vote on the non-binding measure was 137-to-12, with 17 abstentions. Its approval came nine days after Russia and China vetoed a U.N. Security Council measure with similar language.

    Syria: 63 Killed, Activists Arrested in Raids

    The Syrian government is continuing the crackdown in defiance of international pressure. On Thursday, activists said at least 63 people were killed in nationwide violence. Syrian government forces have also arrested a number of high-profile activists in targeted raids. On Thursday, blogger Razan Ghazzawi and rights activist Mazen Darwish of the Syrian Center for Media and Free Expression were detained along with 12 others in Damascus.

    Top U.S. Intel Official: al-Qaeda Infiltrating Syrian Opposition

    In Syria news, U.S. intelligence officials are claiming al-Qaeda members have likely infiltrated the Syrian opposition and carried out recent attacks. In congressional testimony, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said several recent bombings in Syria “had all the earmarks of an al-Qaeda-like attack.”

    Iran Intel Ministry Added to U.S. Terrorism List

    The Obama administration has unveiled new sanctions against Iran, adding Iran’s intelligence ministry to a list of groups that support global terrorism.

    U.S.: Iran Unlikely to Start Military Conflict

    A top U.S. intelligence official said Thursday that Iran is unlikely to provoke a military conflict but would respond if attacked. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess made the comment in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess: “To the West, Iran remains committed to threatening U.S. interests in the region through its support to terrorist and militant groups, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, while it remains committed to strengthening its naval, nuclear and missile capabilities. Iran can close the Straits of Hormuz, at least temporarily, and may launch missiles against United States forces and our allies in the region, if it is attacked. Iran could also attempt to employ terrorist surrogates worldwide. However, the agency assesses Iran is unlikely to initiate or intentionally provoke a conflict.”
    http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/17/headlines#7

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    Report: Israel to Release Palestinian Hunger Striker Khader Adnan

    There are reports Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, who has been on a hunger strike for the past 66 days. A Palestinian minister told Agence France-Presse a deal has been struck for Israel to release Adnan on April 17 on the condition he ends his hunger strike. There was no immediate confirmation from Adnan’s lawyer or the Israeli government.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/21/headlines#2

    Bill Van Esveld, researcher at Human Rights Watch; and Danny Morrison, a friend of the late Irish republican activist Bobby Sands, who died on his 66th day of a hunger strike in 1981. “[Adnan] told us that, ‘I am going on this hunger strike until I have an honorable deal or getting out from this jail,’” said Mousa about her recent visit to see her brother. “But in the same time, his spirits were very high.” Van Esveld accused Israel of violating international law by holding a Palestinian from the West Bank inside Israel. “It’s a violation of Israel’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions to detain people from the occupied West Bank in prisons, or hospitals, in this case, that are inside Israel,” he said.

    AMY GOODMAN: Adnan is being held under so-called “administrative detention,” which means Israel can detain him indefinitely without trial or charge. There are said to be at least 300 other Palestinians held on so-called “administrative detention” in Israeli jails. Palestinians jailed inside Israel are holding a 24-hour hunger strike in solidarity with Adnan, in conjunction with a series of rallies planned in the Occupied Territories
    [includes rush transcript]
    http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/21/palestinian_prisoner_khader_adnan_to_be

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  3. Syble Maria says:

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  4. admin says:

    Syble Maria:

    Thanks for the advice. However, I am a strange blogger! I was at Blog-City for 6 years, and on 3 separate occasions got 8,000+ Hits in a single day. However, I have not gotten this Domain up to snuff. I get total Hits, but I do not get Hits per Post. Until I either fix this problem or pay to have it fixed, I do not seek a large following since it adds nothing to Individual Stats. The 10 or so NEW POSTS here are totally without individual Hit Stats, which grieves me greatly! But if I don’t publish this new stuff, I do a great disservice to my Blog-City Readers. PS: I am also the world’s greatest PROCRASTINATOR!

    I have over 1,500 Posts from Blog-City that need to be republished – but NOT UNTIL I can see HITS PER POST!

    Thanks a lot for the info and bear with me,

    Tabacco

  5. admin says:

    MURDER US IF YOU WILL, BUT DON’T BURN OUR KORANS!

    The U.S.-led NATO occupation in Afghanistan is facing a storm of violence and outrage over the burning of copies of the Koran by U.S. troops at the Bagram Air Base last week. Retaliatory attacks and public protests have swept Afghanistan, leaving more than 40 Afghans dead. On Sunday, six U.S. soldiers were injured in northern Afghanistan when a demonstrator threw a grenade at a U.S. base. Two senior U.S. Army officers were shot dead on Friday inside the Afghan Interior Ministry. In private, U.S. officials are expressing worry about the situation in Afghanistan. We go to Kabul to speak with John Wendle, a reporter for TIME and photographer for Polaris Images. “I think we’re going to continue to see attacks,” Wendle says. “[This] makes it difficult for the United States to pull out and achieve the one goal that it’s kind of set for itself, which is training the Afghan security forces so they can stand on their own two feet and provide security in this country.” [includes rush transcript]
    http://www.democracynow.org/2012/2/28/report_from_kabul_deadly_protests_over

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    TABACCO: To read the entire Post, go to URL immediately above.

    Apparently all 3 Religions (Islam, Christianity & Judaism) are INSANE! Why is that so! What is it about Religions that perpetrates this psychotic idiosyncrasy? Don’t for one moment think Christians are immune to this enigma! Many Serial Murderers (often Christian) are religiously obsessed. The conflict and disparity between what we believe and what we do apparently is too great a burden for the human mind to bear! And when those beliefs are even challenged, many Religious people go berserk!

  6. Dianna says:

    And where is the facebook like button ?

    Thanks, Dianna, for asking!

    However, I have avoided “Facebook” and its cousins to date. Hopefully, that will continue to be the case. I have little respect for the concept. I know almost everybody is on it, but it is dangerous (particularly to a political blogger such as I – I already have STALKERS), trivial, and would engender all sorts of trivial comments, which I would NOT PUBLISH!

    If I have to go there just to get larger Hit numbers, it will be a sad day. There is no “facebook like button” here – so far!

    Regards,

    Tabacco

  7. Eleonor says:

    would you mind writing more posts about this subject?http://www.camisaxadrezmasculina.com

    Thanks for the input, but exactly what do you have in mind? I have over 1,500 Posts from my previous location, Blog-City, that are still unpublished here. I am attempting to fix my problem here, which is I cannot determine which Posts are getting the Hits (except from comments like yours). So I am attempting to cover a span of issues in the meantime. If you have something particular in mind, please advise. Incidentally I have oodles of Posts in process, which are NOT yet published. Since 2011, I probably have 100 subjects yet unpublished. I could never publish everything I begin.

    Regards,

    Tabacco

  8. Erundina says:

    in my blog i usually just write the post and publish it. i haven’t been putting much effort into editing or improving my posts. looks like that is something i need to work on.http://www.1001passagens.com

  9. admin says:

    AMY GOODMAN: We are broadcasting from Silver Spring, Maryland, at the Freedom to Connect conference. People have gathered here from around the country to discuss how to promote Internet freedom and universal connectivity. We begin today’s show looking at the charges now facing one whistleblower who used the Internet to reveal the horrors of war: U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning.

    Military prosecutors have decided to bring the maximum charges against Manning after he admitted during a pretrial hearing last week to the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. In a bid to secure a reduced sentence, Manning acknowledged on the stand he gave classified documents to WikiLeaks in order to show the American public the “true costs of war” and “spark a debate about foreign policy.” Manning pleaded guilty to reduced charges on 10 counts, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. But instead of accepting that plea, military prosecutors announced Friday they will seek to imprison Manning for life without parole on charges that include aiding the enemy. Manning’s court-martial is scheduled to begin in June.

    To discuss what this means for Manning, and its broader implications for whistleblowers and journalists they often approach, we’re joined by Glenn Greenwald, columnist and blogger for The Guardian, has covered Bradley Manning and WikiLeaks extensively, also giving this morning’s keynote address here at the Freedom to Connect conference.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/5/glenn_greenwald_on_bradley_manning_prosecutor

    Tabacco: Still believe Obama is a ‘Saint’ and walks on water? If so, please lend me your rose-colored glasses. I need a week or so of living in Wonderland too!

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