It is strange that the US is more upset that WikiLeaks leaked thousands of pages of fairly damaging documents about the wrongs going on in the Afghan war than the fact that such wrongs are going on. The anger seems more at being found out rather than doing/acquiescing to/conniving at something which is wrong in the first place.
That the Afghan war is not going well should surprise no one with elementary knowledge of the region’s history over the last 2000 years or so. That the war has not achieved any of its two main objectives—namely destroying Al Qaeda/capturing Osama bin Laden and dismantling the Taliban—should also not surprise anyone familiar with how seamlessly such misanthropic forces merge or metamorphose into one another there.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11 not a lot of people around the world disagreed that the US had no choice but to cut down those who wounded it so grievously. As it turned out that was just a trigger for a military engagement which is now in its tenth year and showing no signs of ending anytime soon. I can tell you with almost complete certainty that no one in Washington can tell you with any certainty under what “victorious” circumstances would the US withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan and when. That’s because they have no clue.
The 75,000 or so documents leaked by WikiLeaks reveal nothing that those who run wars do not already know. However, in this particular case Pakistan’s double-dealing in allegedly both supping with and socking the Taliban as convenient makes things way more complicated. General Ashfaq Kayani, who has joined the long list of America’s preferred global generals, was in charge of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) during the period 2004-2007 which also happens to be the period through which WikiLeaks has exposed the ISI’s alleged dealings with the Taliban.
All this while the US is bankrolling Pakistan with billions of dollars in military and civilian aid. What is funny is that the Obama administration insists that it will not give Pakistan a “blank check”. If $ 7.5 billion for five years in civilian aid and $2 billion a year in military aid are not blank checks, then one wonders what blank checks look like.