"Our President Is Deceiving the American Public": Pentagon Papers Whistleblower on President Obama and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

We are joined now by a man who played a major role in efforts to end the Vietnam War in the 1970s. In 1971, the then-RAND Corporation analyst Daniel Ellsberg leaked to the media what became known as the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of US involvement in Vietnam. After avoiding a life sentence on espionage charges, Daniel Ellsberg has continued to speak out against U.S. militarism until the present day. Full Story »

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Elizabeth White-Nadler
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by Elizabeth White-Nadler - Apr. 12, 2010

The quality of this interview might have been improved by more directed questioning. As it is, the entire value of Ellsburg's words is based on Ellsburg's contributions during the Vietnam era--which, unfortunately in his case, leaves Ellsburg seeing all wars through a "Vietnam" filter. As it is, Ellsburg goes in several directions at once. In this short interview he tries to make blanket comparisons of very complex situations without adequate support. There is a long history of our involvement in Afghanistan and the administration is not free to discuss this covert history nor to publicize what's really going on there now (that is to say, we don't have anything comparable to "The Pentagon Papers" regarding Afghanistan). One ... More »

However attractive one may find the "Bring them home NOW" position of this piece (and many of us do remember Vietnam and gravitate to that position), we should fight the urge to oversimplify our involvement in Afghanistan (For one thing, interviews like this always point to the Soviet failure in Afghanistan; without US involvement during the 80's, Russia might very well have succeeded!). Comparisons of Iraq to Vietnam might be more reasonable, but our involvement in Afghanistan is a ... More »

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Randy Morrow
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by Randy Morrow - Mar. 31, 2010

Daniel Ellsberg elaborates on the many similarities he sees between Vietnam and Afghanistan.

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Dwight Rousu
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by Dwight Rousu - Mar. 31, 2010

The story gives a chance to learn from history, in the person of a person largely responsible for ending the fiasco in Viet Nam.

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