September 28, 2004

OT: Daniel Ellsberg Seeks A Contemporary [7:36 am]

A provocative op-ed piece worth reading: Truths Worth Telling

Leakers are often accused of being partisan, and undoubtedly many of them are. But the measure of their patriotism should be the accuracy and the importance of the information they reveal. It would be a great public service to reveal a true picture of the administration’s plans for Iraq - especially before this week’s debate on foreign policy between Mr. Bush and Senator John Kerry.

The military’s real estimates of the projected costs - in manpower, money and casualties - of various long-term plans for Iraq should be made public, in addition to the more immediate costs in American and Iraqi lives of the planned offensive against resistant cities in Iraq that appears scheduled for November. If military or intelligence experts within the government predict disastrous political consequences in Iraq from such urban attacks, these judgments should not remain secret.

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