Oct 26, 2009

Ellsberg: No Lasting Victory or Success Lies Ahead

Daniel Ellsberg whom Henry Kissinger once called the "most dangerous man alive" says Gen. McChrystal's counterinsurgency plan is "horseshit."

Ellsberg is the legendary US military analyst employed by the RAND Corp who precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when, risking his liberty and defying the government, he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making about the Vietnam War, to the New York Times and 18 other newspapers who defied the attorney general and the president and in the face of judicial injunctions published the Pentagon Papers in a "wave of civil disobedience." The Pentagon Papers reveals the government lied to our troops, a betrayal leading to the downfall of two US presidents, LBJ and Nixon.

This betrayal continues. Our troops possess qualities making them the best of America as opposed to the warmakers and chickenhawks in the Pentagon and in the think tanks of Washington D.C. The Afghanistan and Iraq wars are lies sustained by "lapdogs" and "scribes," said Ellsberg.

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