The shock of the disclosure of tens of thousands of secret documents about the war in Afghanistan has inspired a debate on the war, but had few other apparent aftereffects.
President Barack Obama said they did not raise any new concerns, and Congress went on to send him $33 billion to pay for the troop surge there. There was no indication that already strong anti-war sentiment is about to boil over.
It is certainly not a popular war. There have been more than 1,100 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan, by Associated Press count, since fighting began in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
But mostly the gloomy picture in the battlefield reports, which cover the period 2004 to 2009, has reinforced a sense of war weariness.Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., a critical Congressional supporter of the war, advised Americans on Tuesday to not "overhype or get excessively excited" about the disclosures.