So my reaction to the drumbeat of disclosures by the New York Times of classified military programs – even ones that were unquestionable legal, like SWIFT – had been that they had it in for George Bush and were using every opportunity to disclose news that would embarass and weaken him.
Boy, was I wrong. On Feb 23, the Times published this story:
U.S. Unit Secretly in Pakistan Lends Ally Support
BARA, Pakistan – More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.
The Americans are mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics, the officials said. They do not conduct combat operations, the officials added.
They make up a secret task force, overseen by the United States Central Command and Special Operations Command. It started last summer, with the support of Pakistan’s government and military, in an effort to root out Qaeda and Taliban operations that threaten American troops in Afghanistan and are increasingly destabilizing Pakistan. It is a much larger and more ambitious effort than either country has acknowledged.
Boy, that’s gonna go over well in Pakistan, isn’t it?
Could the NYT have done anything to make that program less effective or more of a political liability – for Obama?
Man, I’d love to know what the Times editors are thinking.