Much ado about Assange, Manning & Co. today. Jeff Goldstein:

I don’t know precisely when it was when we stopped treating treason as treason, but it’s about time we reconsidered our softening on that stance.

It might be thought a bit incongruous that the MilBlogs are taking a more measured approach. Neptunus Lex (Naval officer, with commenters from much that demographic) snarks:

The Pinstriped Set Caught with their pants down by the Assange clique

Uncle Jimbo at BlackFive (Army-oriented, with more focus on enlisted) is a little more forceful:

This is nothing but Anti-Americanism wrapped in a sleazy cloak of whistle-blowing. No crimes, no outrages, nothing but gratuitous outing of not even very dirty laundry.

There is no mystery. The military has always had fairly low regard for CIA and the State Department, especially the latter, regarding them as bureaucracy-bound, politically motivated, and likely to disrupt operations by insisting on applying “book-knowledge” theory with the support of Higher Authority. State, in particular, seems all too often to be captured by whatever system might be in effect locally, and to regard maintaining their contact with (and privileges within) the existing regime as more important than providing support to mere American citizens, much less any locals who might want a better deal, and seems to see the military from the point of view of (mostly leftoid) elites, i.e., as too crude to mess with or listen to.

This attitude becomes more prevalent as you reach higher ranks, to the point where Generals and Admirals are likely to regard the local Ambassador as an ignorant hindrance to effective work. Enlisted, especially Special Forces from all branches, generally regard CIA field operatives with some admiration, but see their superiors as ignorant, dithering bureaucrats with an agenda that is un- or counter-productive.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the reaction of the military and ex-military is less outraged than might be expected from simple patriotism. The primary revelations contained in the WikiLeaks material are the pettiness and general incapacity of the striped-pants weenies and their sometimes-allies, sometimes-competitors at Langley, and that confirmation of pre-existing assumptions is likely to be satisfying to people who are or have been out on the sharp end.

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