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General Gul Hamid calls Wikileaks a pack of lies

General Gul Hamid calls Wikileaks a pack of lies

The Wikileaks which are plastered all over the Neocon and Neolib sites are based on gossip, rumor, innuendo, opinion and agenda. No proof is shown anywhere. It is wired reports, and email by failed Generals and Soldiers who want to blame another country.

Matt Waltman unable to produce evidence to support his report

The best that Matt Waltman could do was to quote the 5th Column and discredited “journalist” Mr. Ahmed Rashid. Mr. Waltman was taken to task by the host who repeatedly asked him to produce evidence. Mr. Waltman was unable to do so.

In a very hostile interview, the Al-Jazeera reporter did not allow General Gul Hamid to talk a lot. General Hamid did not allow himself to be provoked and defended his position and made that point that Pakistan has to make a respectful but defiant stand in front of the Americans.

General Hamid Gul denies Wikileaks–calls it fiction

General Hamid Gul denies aiding the Afghan Taliban and calls Wikileaks a work of fiction. Even President Obama has claimed that there is nothing new in the Wikileaks.

Simon Jenkins of the Guardian puts it eloquently.

In 1971 the Pentagon papers revealed the deception of the Johnson and Nixon governments during the Vietnam war. The papers were credited with collapsing US morale as the war drew to a close. The Afghanistan logs convey a different message. They show George Bush, Tony Blair and their generals to be so dazzled by their massive military (and intellectual) firepower that they thought they were invincible against a tinpot Taliban.

Anyone who visited Kabul in the past eight years knew that a western war of occupation would end in tears. The Taliban were a concept, not an army. Al-Qaida was an unwelcome guest, but only the Taliban were likely to expel it. Mujahideen would ooze from the rocks if provoked and never stop fighting until the infidel was expelled. Pakistan, long holder of the key to the Afghan door..

The US media is having a field day–all duplicated in Bharat (aka India).

BAGHDAD — The US military’s top officer on Tuesday said information in leaked documents on the war in Afghanistan did not call into question the US strategy or Washington’s relationship with Pakistan.

Admiral Mike Mullen said he was “appalled” at the leak of 90,000 secret military files on the Afghan mission, but that the information in the papers — including about Pakistan’s activities — were taken into account during a strategy review on the war last year.

“Certainly the information that I’ve seen so far in the documents, there’s nothing in there that wasn’t reviewed or considered in the strategic review” on the war, Mullen told reporters on his plane before landing in Iraq.

He said the administration of US President Barack Obama was still “working through” all the documents, adding that most of the files appeared to be “field level information, raw intelligence.”

Yasmeen Ali of Pakistan Potpourri reports:

There is general consensus that these “tens of thousands of classified documents” procured by the Wikileaks are mostly raw battlefield reports from Afghanistan, and reveal little that was not already known. All the same, it has created an impact and confirmed many fears: that the war in Afghanistan was not going too well for the US led forces; that it was largely because of Pakistan’s interservices intelligence (the ISI) playing a “double game”; also that the Karzai led dispensation in Kabul did little to help; and that the indiscriminate use of force by the American military, a euphemism for war crimes, too has contributed to this failure.
If that was the intended message, the leak was obviously deliberate. The number and the nature of reports reinforce this inference. The following developments lead me to believe that it was done to win more support for the course correction that Obama’s administration has undertaken.

  • o During the last two years, it has often been claimed, and may even be partly true, that under the new counterinsurgency strategy, “collateral damage” was generally avoided.
  • o Again, during the same period, since Pakistan has been successfully
    persuaded/ coerced to undertake military operations against some of the groups allied with the Afghan resistance, its support to the latter (must have) considerably reduced.
  • o Most importantly, as the project Afghanistan has gone so hopelessly awry, Obama’s decision to start withdrawing the military next year was, at the very least, the least bad option.
  • Pakistan and its sympathizers will indeed now find their own arguments to control the damage.
  • o The official spokespersons cannot do much better than reiterating that the “situation on ground” was different, that Pakistan has taken effective measures against the militants operating on its side of the AfPak borders, and that its policies have now won applause all around.
  • o A number of regional experts have rationalised Pakistan’s (alleged) support to the Afghan Taliban because it needs a countervailing force against the growing Indian influence (some of them even believe that in due course Pakistan would employ them in the Indian held Kashmir). Since this perception also exists in Pakistan and provides us with a reasonable excuse to keep the Afghan Taliban in good shape, I have no intentions to contest it in the present scenario.
  • o Not many would pick up the courage to suggest that some other countries in the Region- Iran, Russia and China for example- too are genuinely concerned about the presence of the US-led alliance in Afghanistan. All of them would therefore take their own respective course to subvert the NATO’s “out of area” missions. While Pakistan and Iran would be the obvious suspects interested in a potent Afghan resistance, there are other players as well in this new Great Game.
  • o An unintended consequence of these “leaks” may well be the ISI’s enhanced stature in the eyes of the ordinary Pakistanis. With the all pervasive “anti-Americanism” in the country, if the agency has had the gumption of supporting the Afghan resistance against the US occupation, it would be credited with “yet another” coup. Hameed Gul may also reap similar benefits thought at a much reduced scale. People here have a fairly good idea that his overt support to the Taliban notwithstanding, he has no wherewithal to covertly contribute. (The writer is the former Head of ISI).

The Wall Street journal reports on some of the fallout from Wikileaks and how Washington is scrambling to control the damage.

On Sunday, U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke called Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari with a message: The Obama administration didn’t condone the leak, so “please don’t see this as some great conspiracy,” a senior Pakistani official said. U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson placed a follow-up call to Mr. Zardari. Senior administration officials confirmed those calls.

Meanwhile, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called Pakistan’s Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry called President Hamid Karzai to smooth those feathers, a senior administration official said.

“The biggest American concern yesterday was: How will the Pakistanis take it?” said the senior Pakistani official, in an assessment U.S. officials didn’t contradict. U.S. officials also called their counterparts in the U.K. and Germany. (WSJ).

The Christian Science Monitor quotes the Pakistani Brass denying the Wikileak reports.

Pakistani generals have regularly dismissed the idea of collaboration with the Taliban. “We would obviously like to fix these rogues. They are killing our own people and are certainly not friends of this country,” General Ahmed Shuja Pasha was quoted in a 2009 book as saying. CSM

The blathering of Indophile Mr. Spanta are not a great surprise–he is the biggest Pakistanphobe in Kabul. He has now painted a poltical target on himself. If Mr. Karzai wants to build a relationship with Pakistan, Mr. Spanta has to be thrown out of the corridors of power.

It is obvious that the Pakistanis are peeved and this places a huge strain on the relationship. For many analysts this reinforces the American sterotype as untrustworthy who will throw you under the bus as soon it is profitable for them.

Wikileaks starts a tsunami of Anti-Americanism in Pakistan which will be hard to put down

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