Putting aside for a moment--particularly since the investigation is not complete so we don't know yet if anything of importance was actually "leaked" or even if there was any danger to national security; it is hypocritical and self-serving at best, and aiding the enemy or even treason at worse, what the Left is guilty of in this war.
Do you want to know what is more of a threat to our nation's security? Do you want to know what day in and day out threatens our very freedom? Well, here is a column that identifies what may be the single most egregious and continuous assault on our liberty by the Left, "Spitting on The Few, The Proud...":
Of course, part of the problem is that military service is, as it has always been, tough. But most active duty and reserve personnel are dedicated warriors who complain little.
The real obstacle to the enlistment of new recruits is the desecration of the image of military service by the Fifth Column -- the enemy within. The American anti-war movement, led by neo-McGovernites such as DNC Chairman Howard Dean and lawmakers Kucinich, Kennedy and Kerry has not been able to find legs. So rather than target "war," these malcontents have rallied their minions to undertake counter-recruitment measures, figuring that a nation can't fight a war without warriors. (Of course, it can't defend itself either -- but the Left refuses to acknowledge that liberating Afghanistan and Iraq, and keeping Syria and Iran at bay, is relevant to our national defense.)
Doing the bidding of big dogs like Dean and the aforementioned KKK are their radical allied organizations like the Campus Antiwar Network, Code Pink for Peace, the Ruckus Society, Earth First, United for Peace and Justice and the Society of American Law Teachers, to name a few. These organizations and a hundred more like them are surrogates for the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors, Veterans for Peace, the War Resisters League and The American Friends Service Committee. Their objective is to undermine recruitment efforts by labeling anyone interested in military service persona non grata. It's deja vu all over again.
Periodic Leftmedia feeding frenzies over alleged "abuse" at places like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay add fuel to protestors' efforts to debase military service by equating those in uniform with terrorists. Extending this equation, some of these groups are now deplorably suggesting that American casualties are justified because "freedom fighters" in Iraq are defending themselves against American invaders. (Rhetorical memo to the anti-war Left: What kind of "freedom fighter" detonates a bomb-laden SUV amid a group of Iraqi children receiving candy and toys from U.S. soldiers?)
The emergence of these cadres of Leftist agitators is a serious threat to U.S. national security. Their efforts to undermine the honor of military service in an effort to deter recruitment efforts should not be underestimated.
No, they should not be underestimated. What the Left has become-- deliberately or not; consciously or not--is the psychological operations command center for the very enemy we are fighting in the GWOT.
Through the use of distortion, exaggeration, moral equivalence, selective amnesia; outright lies; and control over what gets published or not, the MSM is consistently sending the message that our troops are poorly led; dispirited, hopeless, being badly beaten, and overwhelmed by the moral high ground of the "insurgents".
This message is so blatantly incorrect that it is impossible to know how to counter it. Truth is something that completely eludes these accounts.
Not that there is not tragedy and death. Of course there is. This is a war, not a tea party. PEOPLE DIE. Not just the enemy, but good people who are fighting on the front lines against those who would destroy our way of life.
But those deaths are not meaningless; and they are not even large taken in historical perspective. The media and those who control it on the Left would have you believe that Iraq is a "quagmire". Chrenkoff has a new poll from Iraq (one I haven't seen covered in the MSM, of course) that demonstrates Iraqi optimism:
Is Iraq moving in the right or wrong direction? 67 per cent say right (up from 54 per cent in May/June 2004) 20 per cent say wrong (down from 39 per cent) 12 per cent don't know (up from 9 per cent) How do you think your life will be one year from now? 82 per cent say better (up from 65 per cent) 2 per cent say worse (down from 15 per cent) 2 per cent say the same (down from 12 per cent)
In war, things don't always go as planned. As I have said before, there is much in retrospect that could have been done differently as we look back, that might--might--have made things easier now for the troops. All I know is that they are a dedicated group of professionals, who know what they are doing, and who have no illusions about the kind of risks they are taking.
They are taking those risks voluntarily, for all of us. Do you imagine that the continual attaks on them and their integrity and honor have no effect? It has a strong psychological effect on both the soldiers fighting for us and the enemy. It can only dispirit and anger the former; the latter it amuses and emboldens.
But the Left could care less about the increased risk of death and injury to those soldiers that their imprudent,distortions and noxious games with the truth (it could reasonably be called propaganda lead to.
In short, they could care less about real "national security."
UPDATE: Now here is a perfect example of what I am talking about (hat tip: LGF). Today, on the 60th aniversary of Hiroshima, this is what the MSM is writing in its news reports:
The A-bomb indeed was hell for Japanese who lived in or near Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But it also was the high-water mark of WWII because it ended the hell for all others fighting that conflict.
Truman will be remembered as the president who brought us both victory and peace in a war that was justified and necessary. By contrast, self-proclaimed "War President" George Bush has brought us neither victory nor peace in the Iraq war, which former president Jimmy Carter this week called "unnecessary and unjust."
What the hell is wrong with these people? They are Al Qaeda's propaganda unit, without a doubt.
UPDATE II: ShrinkWrapped solves a NY Times "mystery". Actually it is only a mystery to the Times.