DOD: Uh, Um, Asymetric Threats Are Out There!

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Starting at 1:19:38 in John Pilger’s documentary The War You Don’t See is the exchange by Pilger and the United States Assistant Secretary of Defense, the smirking Bryan Whitman.

John Pilger
How do you feel about whistleblowers as an essential part of democracy? Do you approve of whistleblowers?

Smirking Whitman
Well I think, uh, you know, this country has laws to protect whistleblowers. Uh, and uh, and I think that uh, that, you know, uh, that there have been instances in our history where, uh, shining a light on something is important to do.

John Pilger
Can you, as a senior official, of the United States government, guarantee that the editors of Wikileaks, and the editor himself is not American, is not in danger? That they themselves not be subjected to the kind of “hunt” that we read about in the media?

Smirking Whitman
Well first of all it’s not my position to give guarantees on anything. We do have an open criminal investigation, and the investigation is targeted on the individuals that have, um, uh, violated the trust and confidence that’s been, uh, bestowed upon them by this country.

John Pilger
But Wikileaks is an organization run from outside the United States, and the founder of that has been told that it is at great risk from being hunted down. I don’t know in what form.

Smirking Whitman
And neither do I. So I’m afraid I can’t help you.

Portion of the Collateral Damage video is shown.

John Pilger
One of the soldiers on the ground, he describes the atrocity as, and I quote him, “an everyday occurrence,” and he said, the word from his commander, was to kill, I won’t use the word, everyone on the street, and he replied to him, “Are you kidding me, women and children?” and he said yes. It’s a point made by many other soldiers who come back from Afghanistan and Iraq, that this kind of atrocity is not an aberration.

Smirking Whitman
Well first of all, this is not an everyday occurrence. If it was an everyday occurrence we would certainly know about it. Uh, these incidences, are unfortunate, every one in which there is a civilian casualty is, is unfortunate. But again, it is the enemy who is deliberately trying to inflict civilian casualties and put civilians in harm. It is the NATO forces, it is the US forces that are taking every precaution that they can to prosecute the war and prevent civilian casualties.

John Pilger
General James Cartwright, he’s vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he says that the United States can expect to be at war, and these are his words, as far as the eye can see. That sounds like, a permanent state of war.

Smirking Whitman
Our job is to be prepared to, um, fight and win this nation’s wars, and so we have to be prepared for the possibility of conflict, uh, into the future.

John Pilger
It’s a remarkable state of affairs, isn’t it, because the United States is not, in fact, threatened by a power that could possibly overturn it, defeat it. That’s impossible. But still it goes on, as if we’re all drawn into most of humanity, into a permanent state of war. But to many people, that seems very difficult to justify.

Smirking Whitman
Uh, well, first of all there are some very dangerous asymmetric threats that are out there. Terrorism is, uh, obviously, uh, one of them. Um, this is, uh, uh, what we anticipate going into the future is not necessarily a nation on nation type conflict, okay, it is these asymmetric threats that are out there. It is the threat of, uh, um, of uh, uh, weapons of mass destruction. Another asymmetric threat is the cyber threat that exists. These are all threats that transcend, uh, geographical, un, boundaries. Uh, so, uh, you know, the United States military has to prepare for a wide range of threats that exist out there, uh, in order to protect its national interests.