The principal reason the leaks are troubling is not that they sabotage the relationship between the administration and the Pentagon; that relationship is always shaky. They are troubling because they may sabotage the mission itself. The leaks suggest to our NATO allies that the U.S. military isn't seriously engaged in the operation. And the leaks suggest to our own troops that their commanders secretly believe their mission is dangerous, useless, and possibly doomed. No inside-the-beltway PR victory is worth that kind of demoralization.
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