Mis­lead­ing por­trait?

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Over­all, the doc­u­ments do not con­tra­dict of­fi­cial ac­counts of the war. But in some cases the doc­u­ments show that the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary made mis­lead­ing pub­lic state­ments — at­tribut­ing the down­ing of a heli­copter to con­ven­tional weapons in­stead of heat-seek­ing mis­siles or giv­ing Afghans credit for mis­sions car­ried out by Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions com­man­dos.

White House of­fi­cials vig­or­ously de­nied that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion had pre­sented a mis­lead­ing por­trait of the war in Afghanistan.

“On Dec. 1, 2009, Pres­i­dent Obama an­nounced a new strat­egy with a sub­stan­tial in­crease in re­sources for Afghanistan, and in­creased fo­cus on al Qaeda and Tal­iban safe havens in Pak­istan, pre­cisely be­cause of the grave sit­u­a­tion that had de­vel­oped over sev­eral years,” Gen. James Jones, the White House na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, said in a state­ment re­leased Sun­day.

He con­demned the de­ci­sion by Wik­iLeaks to make the doc­u­ments pub­lic, say­ing that the dis­clo­sure “could put the lives of Amer­i­cans and our part­ners at risk, and threaten our na­tional se­cu­rity.”

The ar­chive is clearly an in­com­plete record of the war. It is missing many ref­er­ences to sem­i­nal events and does not in­clude more highly clas­si­fied

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