I wrote about this report yesterday and it inspired a good debate on if we should leave Iraq or not. Alan brought up some good points about maintaining stability in the region, but I remained unconvinced that our continued presence there has demonstrated increased safety for our country. In fact, I think the facts prove otherwise.
In any event, the Pentagon has decided they’re not going to release the study online. You can only get it by mail.
The Bush Administration apparently does not want a U.S. military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda to get any attention. This morning, the Pentagon cancelled plans to send out a press release announcing the report’s release and will no longer make the report available online. […]
Asked why the report would not be posted online and could not be emailed, the spokesman for Joint Forces Command said: “We’re making the report available to anyone who wishes to have it, and we’ll send it out via CD in the mail.”
Another Pentagon official said initial press reports on the study made it “too politically sensitive.”
What’s silly about all this is if the Pentagon DID publish it online they could track who they send it to and who’s downloading it. Instead, they’ve given that power over to the people. Look for the media and a bunch of bloggers to get those CDs and publish the study online in its entirety.
But given what I’ve just said, is it preferable for us bloggers to have the Pentagon operate this way? After all, the traffic will be going to somebody who takes the time to publish it. And the Pentagon won’t have any idea who’s downloading it (well, at least I HOPE they won’t have any idea).