- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe I’m going soft, but the Wikileaks dump kind of makes me ill. The whole situation strikes me as a bit sordid. I worry that great newspapers are getting played. If the leaks brought great revelations, I might think differently, but so far I don’t think I have been surprised by a single thing I’ve read. Civilian contractors shooting up people, Arab-Kurd tensions, abuse of prisoners, Rumsfeld in denial, Iranian meddling, Maliki paranoid? At this late date, that’s the full-house Iraqi version of a dog bites man story. (Or maybe a book.)
Here is an attempt to argue the opposing viewpoint. But I still say that adding mayonnaise doesn’t turn chicken shit into chicken salad. Here’s my test: Tell me one thing we didn’t know last week that we know now about the Iraq war.