It is not conventional to publish war records before their
declassification. During the Vietnam War, in the
1960s, the unauthorized publication of the
PENTAGON papers led to heightened interest in
the United States about what was going on in
Vietnam. It led to protestations against the
Vietnam War. The national outcry led to the US
pull-out from Vietnam.
Daniel Ellsberg, an authority on US foreign
policy, speaking on Larry King live, drew the
same conclusions about the danger to US national
security as General Wesley Clark, an American
authority on US Military Intelligence.
The Pakistani Intelligence is being accused of
double standards, which they have vigorously
denied. The 90,000 documents in question contain
information that observers already know a lot
about. The problem is that the World Press has
the tendency of over-blowing the whole news out
There is a problem with understanding American
self-imposed commitments to Iraq, Afghanistan,
South Korea and other diplomatic/military
support for some Middle East states. All these
engagements must cost an awful lot of money.
There must constitute constraints on the US
One cannot but admire the sacrifice in sending
US soldiers to the worlds’ troubled spots.
This is why national security risks must be
avoided by all means by the avoidance of
publishing sensitive military data as was the
case of the Pakistani disclosures recently.
The work of NATO commanders is complicated by
the rough terrain, harsh conditions of living in
very cold or very hot climatic zones. These
troops suffer from regular ambush, detonatinging
mines and bazooka attacks.
When the Soviet Union got entangled in
Afghanistan military warfare, it encountered
formidable obstacles. How does one fight austere
nationalists, who are determined to die in
circumstances of utmost brutality, including
There is something at once impertinent and
daring in a psyche that has been conditioned to
bloody encounters as a way of life.
The state of American finances can no longer
support a war economy. California has just
declared fiscal emergency. The state has a
deficit of 19 billion dollars. Military
expenditures surely affect the socio=economic
conditions of citizens. This is why there are
protestations each time there are disclosures
about military operations.
No-one in his right senses should recklessly
disclose military intelligence. Hammed Karzai
described the act of disclosure as
“irresponsible and shocking”. Battle field
consequences of leaks could be severe, said
Those who will be affected more are probably the
Afghan informants, whose names were disclosed.
The United States may wish to reconsider its
global role as it appears that is a thankless
Professor Dr. Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai is the
President of the proposed AFEMAI UNIVERSITY,
Fugar, Edo State, Nigeria.