ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports:
Critics of the war in Afghanistan are seizing on the Wikileaks documents as evidence that U.S. policy in Afghanistan is failing.
Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin says the Wikileaks documents show U.S. policy in Afghanistan is “based on a deeply flawed strategy.”
Feingold, a long-time critic of the war, echoes fellow Democrat John Kerry (who has been a strong supporter of the war) in citing the documents as a reason raise questions about U.S. strategy.
Similarly, Les Gelb –former New York Times columnist and current President emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations – today posted a scathing commentary on the war, saying the documents will make it more difficult for the Administration “to deny or dodge the truths that we’ve all been well aware of.” In another life, by the way, Gelb was the director of the project that produced the Pentagon Papers for Robert McNamara. Gelb’s commentary can be found here.
Even some recent supporters of the war have used the Wikileaks story to express new reservations about the direction of the war.
"However illegally these documents came to light, they raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, who is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has supported the President’s strategy in Afghanistan. “Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the calibrations needed to get the policy right more urgent."