Over the last forty-eight hours, shocking events have definitely revealed what one could logically infer about the war in Ukraine. Contrary to what pResident Biden (or Ambassador Rice) would have you believe, Ukraine is losing the war. A twenty-one-year-old gamer and Air National Guardsman now stands accused of “leaking” documents from the Pentagon, that clearly show this. Already a large number of Americans are comparing him to another famous Pentagon leader: Daniel Ellsberg.
In Ukraine, the fight does not go well
This goes beyond Jennifer Long’s thread back in February, saying that Russia has the right of it in Ukraine. The story now breaking concerns how the war goes, and who’s winning. Shortly after Ms. Long dropped her thread, the Beeb smugly reported that Russia would not achieve her objectives.
What a difference one day can make! Two days ago, Dr. Steve Turley reported, from “leaks of classified documents,” that American Special Forces were deploying in Ukraine.
Yesterday, seemingly with lightning speed, federal authorities identified the “leaker” and arrested him.
His name is Jack Teixiera (pronounced Teh-SHERE-ah). He is twenty-one years old and is a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. But far more important than his identity, are his findings.
This thread sheds somewhat longer perspective on the Ukraine leaks:
Michael Tracey is on the left wing, and though Laura Loomer quoted his thread, he evidently didn’t appreciate it. But Loomer calmly replied,
Even polar opposites can have things in common.
Like, as in this case, opposition to the American military getting into fights that are not ours.
Jack Posobiec concentrated on two things: the state of the Ukraine war, and why the leaker of Sam Alito’s draft in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization remains at large.
The new Pentagon Papers
That last recalls the original Pentagon Papers scandal. The United States Supreme Court held in that case that news organs have the right to publish any sensitive information that comes to them, no matter how obtained. “National security” falls before the First Amendment. New York Times Co. v. United States, United States v. The Washington Post Co., 403 U.S. 713, 1971.
The current administration seems to have forgotten that case – and that seems to apply to Democrats generally. Support for “freedom of the press” was all very well when:
- A Republican administration was trying to stop publication of damaging information,
- America was in “Mister Nixon’s War” (forgetting that it had just been “Mister Johnson’s War,” and
- The enemy were Communists, with whom the Democratic Party has sympathized since the nomination of Hubert H. Humphrey.
Any war is “Mister President’s War” to the detractors of that President or of the war in question. Evidently Mr. Teixiera’s leaks prove that Ukraine has already gone far beyond “Mister Putin’s War.” It is in fact “Mister Biden’s War” and perhaps has been since the first troops moved. Biden has committed U.S. Army Special Forces to the theater – without Congressional authorization. And evidently to little avail: Ukraine is losing, and NATO’s efforts will not avail, either.
Thus has Ukraine become Biden’s Vietnam – and he is not happy to have the shoe squeezing the other foot.
Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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