Newly released military documents, provided online by the anonymous Wiki-Leaks whistleblower website, are painting a clearer — yet cynical and hardly confidence-inspiring — view of the nearly 9-year-old war in Afghanistan, The New York Times reports.
The heretofore secret documents — a six-year collection of daily diary entries composed by a troop of beleaguered American GIs — portray the darker side of a war that has been reported relatively favorably in U.S. media.
Taken as a collective whole, the diary entries present the grim realities of a war fought in hostile territory, with potentially hostile allies (Pakistan takes a particularly bad rap), and a military strategy undeserving of the intense struggle.
Some of the most distressing revelations allege that the United States has been perpetrating a secret “kill or capture” operation; U.S. use of drones has become increasingly risky; and the Taliban has made use of heat-seeking missiles, which helped them beat the Russians in the 80s.
White House officials “strongly condemn the disclosure of classified information,” said national security adviser Benjamin Rhodes, who also admitted that the war was “under-resourced for many years.”