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Wikileaks – Guest Post – Part Two

August 5, 2010

It takes me a long time to get pissed. My pissedoffedness is growing daily. This post will be shrill, with lots of cussing.

I just don’t see how what was released has any positive impact whatsoever. “Things are worse in Afghanistan than we thought!” Not if you pay attention to the casualty count or read Michael Yon (who several years ago painted this exact portrait of Afghanistan) or love a soldier who has deployed there. I’ve been pretty fucking aware, quite frankly. Not a damn thing they’ve said has surprised me.

This is just like when everybody wanted to gawk at families greeting their loved ones at Dover. FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!! FREEDOM OF THE PRESSS!!!! FREEDOM THIS FREEDOM THAT WE PAY TAXES BY GOD WE SHOULD GET TO SEEEEE IT!!!

So now there are families who allow the press at Dover. How many of those pictures have you seen? How many of those names do you remember? How many make headlines? They don’t. 66 troops died in Afghanistan in July. Sixty goddamn six. How many of those people who were screeching “FREEDOM LET ME SEEEE!” know that? Not fucking many. Because once it was no longer controversial, it didn’t matter any more. It wasn’t about mourning fallen warriors, it was about the incessant need of Americans to watch disaster in the making.

Here we are with Wikileaks, with a whole host of people trying to be “serious” about it, saying it means good things for our nation and it’s a victory for transparency and certainly it is the beginning of the end for the war in Afghanistan and are hailing this as some sort of magical key to fixing the corruption of our government. It’s “unfortunate” that some Afghans may die because of it, but weren’t they dying anyway? So what’s a few more, right?

No, indeed, it is not going to fix shit. Not the war, not the government, not one single fucking thing. National outrage doesn’t last. And really, the only people who are outraged about the information leaked are the people who have the sense to know how many lives will be lost because of it.

I am a flaming liberal treehugging peacenik hippie. I am disappointed in the Obama administration for not being progressive enough. I save spiders rather than squash them and I cried real, wracking, sobbing tears when they cut down the trees behind my house. I have close friends with whom I cannot say one political word because we ended up shouting at each other (one of them is my husband.) SERIOUSLY.

So don’t try to shove me in some Republican/right wing/conservative box because I am not praising Wikileaks and its arrogant, snide, self-serving fucktard of a founder or worshiping Manning as some sort of whistle-blowing hero.

There are serious problems with our government, within the Department of Defense, and with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning wasn’t trying to fix any of that. He got his tiny little rocks off by getting his name all over the news through selling people’s lives for fame. And Wikileaks couldn’t slow down long enough to remove the names of informants because they were about to pee their collective pants with the excitement of notoriety they were about to gain. You can almost hear their drool splash on their keyboards as they got their grimy paws on the documents.

Something needs to be done to address the nation’s problems. This was not that something.

I know quite a few of my readers will disagree with me. We’re not always going to agree. I feel pretty strongly on this one, though. Again, no personal insults in the comments, or no soup for you.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lance permalink
    August 5, 2010 7:53 pm

    What a load of garbage…it is you that is the “arrogant, snide, self-serving fucktard” Have a look in the mirror sometime.

  2. Tammy permalink
    August 6, 2010 9:13 am

    I am realy angry about this too. There are just so many things that are not meant for public consumption for a reason! This man should be tried for treason.

  3. August 8, 2010 1:19 am

    These are “drive-by” wars, and the American public is the gawker behind the wheel. The troops and their families are political roadkill – vaguely and momentarily unpleasant, at best. Because the carnage isn’t theirs, and they don’t feel the pain, every single thing that adds to the spectator sport of America’s biggest unnamed reality show, aka the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, merely serves to drive media ratings. Of course documents will get leaked – that’s the nature of the beast, more so now than ever. Does it jeopardize our troops? Yep. does the majority care? nope. Will it continue? You betcha.

    • TammyJ permalink
      August 8, 2010 7:57 am

      Sadly, Stacy, I believe you nailed it.

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