The explosive revelations of the “Afghan War Diary” released by WikiLeaks this week reveal several open secrets that have been well known to those who have closely followed this war for many years.
First and foremost, the documents reveal the abiding treachery of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence service, the ISI, which has helped the Taliban kill Americans in Afghanistan at the same time it has solicited U.S. help to battle the Taliban in Pakistan.
Reps. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, joined forces on Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to excoriate the Bush and Obama administration for doing nothing to keep the ISI in line.
But they shouldn’t have been so shocked. For years, as The New York Times commented on Tuesday, “both Bush and Obama administration officials as well as top American commanders have confronted top Pakistani military officers with accusations of ISI complicity in attacks in Afghanistan, and even presented top Pakistani officials with lists of ISI and military operatives believed to be working with militants.”
Why do we continue to give money to Pakistan’s military under such circumstances? Because war isn’t fought according to Emily Post’s rules of etiquette, and it is a very messy business, indeed. Treachery on the battlefield is as old as valor.
Of course, the Pakistanis are claiming that the U.S. field intelligence reports released by WikiLeaks are fabrications and lies, but that won’t make them go away. Congress is now going to debate the ISI’s treachery in public.
Let’s see how many of our elected blamers actually have the stomach to face the facts as they are, not as they might like them to be.
The second major “open secret” that the Afghan War Diary confirms is Iran’s long-standing and ongoing support for the Taliban.
This, too, might come as a shock to anyone who believed the nonsense many so-called “experts” in terrorism have been feeding the public for many years that Shiite Iran would never think of helping a Sunni terrorist movement because of their sectarian differences.
As I reported last week, even the U.S. Treasury Department has gotten wise to the game, and has added its voice to a growing chorus of senior U.S. military leaders who have exposed Iran’s active and ongoing support for the Taliban.
Read “Treasury Report: Iran Training Taliban” by clicking here.
The leaked field intelligence reports begin in early 2004, and from the start they show that Iranian weapons are being seized in insurgent and Taliban weapons caches.
The weapons include Iranian-made anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, rocket and grenade launchers, mortars, IEDs, and various components.
A May 2007 report showed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps set up a special headquarters just across the border from Herat, the regional capital of Western Afghanistan, with “helicopter, tanks, and artillery launchers from the Sepah Pasdaran Army assigned to the HQ to perform distractive activities in Afghanistan, aimed at International and Afghan Government troops.”
This is the same region where hundreds of top al-Qaida operatives escaped into Iran in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks on America. Iran continues to provide many of them sanctuary to this day, according to U.S. intelligence reports cited by Treasury and Pentagon officials.
Yet another document, dated Oct. 6, 2009, identifies a plot by insurgents to kidnap eleven children and transport them to Iran.
“One of the more interesting exposures of the WikiLeaks documents shows Iran’s support from the Taliban,” former undersecretary of State John Bolton said at a fundraiser for Maryland House of Delegates candidate Ron George on Tuesday.
“Iran is supporting the Taliban, Hamas, and other Sunni groups, as well as Hezbollah and Shiite groups. Iran is an equal opportunity supporter of terrorism,” Bolton said.
He added, “If anything should convince us of Iran’s intentions as regards its nuclear programs, look to their support for foreign terrorism over the past 20 years. Then imagine Iran getting nuclear weapons.”
The overwhelming majority of the 76,912 Afghan War Diary documents released so far are similar to U.S. military field intelligence reports declassified and released after the 2003 liberation of Iraq.
The main difference is that they have not been declassified, so names of Afghan sources and other identifying information are still included in the data dump. The “Diary” also includes notes taken by military staff during sensitive meetings with local Afghan officials.
WikiLeaks is referring media who want to comment on this latest disclosure to a panoply of left-wing nongovernmental organizations, so their intent to harm the U.S. government, the intelligence community, and the war effort in Afghanistan is clear.
However, a wise administration would use this unauthorized disclosure as a teachable moment to put real pressure on the Pakistan government to cut off all aid to the Taliban. If Pakistan actually ended all such assistance, I doubt the Taliban would survive – at least, so long as the U.S. military maintains its robust presence in Afghanistan.
A wise administration would also use these revelations as an additional justification for ratcheting up the pressure on Iran.
About Kenneth R. Timmerman
Best-selling author Kenneth R. Timmerman is a contributing editor for Newsmax Media, and has spent his career investigating the dark side of national security. His latest work of non-fiction, Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender, exposes the secret intelligence war, fought not against our enemies abroad, but by partisan bureaucrats and their allies in Congress and the media against a sitting United States president. Rush Limbaugh called the book “fabulous,” and devoted five full pages of his monthly newsletter to it.
For his work in exposing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, he was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by former Swedish deputy Prime Minister Per Ahlmark.
To raise awareness of the threat from the Islamic regime in Iran, and the potentially tragic gaps in U.S. intelligence in spotting and tracking these threats, he wrote Honor Killing, a sizzling thriller set on the next battlefield in the war on terror, which has been featured by national talk radio hosts Laura Ingraham, Michael Reagan, and others.
In 1998, he tracked renegade Saudi financier Osama Bin Ladin and his international terrorist network halfway across the globe for Reader’s Digest, publishing his expose on the unknown Saudi just weeks before he attacked two U.S. embassies in Africa. In recent years, he has revealed how failed U.S. policies have helped create new threats to our nation from Russia, China, and Iran .
His book on Iran, Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown in Iran, was acclaimed by former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 Commission.
In April 1983, he was the first U.S. correspondent on scene when the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon was blown up by Islamic militants..
During the later half of the 1980s, he covered the Iran-Iraq war, gaining first-hand knowledge of Iraq’s deadly weapons buildup. His third book, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq (Houghton Mifflin, 1991 ) was called “our Bible” by Ambassador Rolf Ekeus, chief of the UN Special Commission for the Disarmament of Iraq. After the Gulf War, Ekeus and his weapons inspectors used Timmerman’s information to help locate clandestine Iraqi weapons plants and to identify their foreign suppliers.
A ground-making study on the unconventional weapons programs of Iran, Libya, and Syria, commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1992, won applause from Democrats and Republicans alike.
In presenting the report, famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal told one audience: “I have spent my life tracking down the murderers of yesterday. Mr. Timmerman is tracking down the murderers of tomorrow.”
In recent years, he has assisted a veterans group in a class action lawsuit against the German companies who helped build Saddam Hussein’s deadly chemical weapons, which may have contributed to Persian Gulf War Syndrome.
Today, he is helping families of the victims of the September 11 attacks prepare a class action lawsuit against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, because of its direct, material involvement in the al Qaeda plot to attack America.
And he was worked to strengthen America’s greatest export of all: democracy. In 1995, along with Peter Rodman, Joshua Muravchik, and a group of Iranian patriots, he established the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI) . The Foundation has served as a rallying point for Iranian democrats seeking an end to brutal, clerical rule in Iran, and has helped keep Congress and the public informed of ongoing repression and support for terrorism by Iran’s “moderate” new President.
Ken has traveled far and wide to meet with Iranian dissidents, and to encourage them in their efforts to bring freedom to their troubled land.
Timmerman’s work as an investigative reporter has won consistent praise for its accuracy and courage. Many of the stories about the Clinton administration’s high-technology giveaway to Communist China start ed with pieces he wrote for The American Spectator, including an expose of influence peddling in the Pentagon under then Secretary of Defense William Perry.
He has presented his findings before Congress in public testimony and in Special Reports commissioned by various committees.
The blue ribbon Commission To Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States (the Rumsfeld Commission) incorporated many of his suggestions in its final report in April 1998, which concluded it was in America’s interest to deploy a national missile defense.
Since 1987, Timmerman has operated Middle East Data Project, Inc., a small business that has provided investigative support and policy guidance to government agencies and private companies on three continents.
As a contributing editor for Newsmax, he examined new security measures at U.S. ports in the fall of 2005.
he witnessed the evacuation of virtually the entire northern third of israel under Hezbollah rocket fire, and the destruction of Israeli towns. villages, forests, and hospitals.
More recently, he has made several trips to Jordan and Iraq to report on the plight of Iraqi Christian refugees.
He and his wife live in Maryland and have five children