We’re doing our best to get furious about the WikiLeaks situation. We’ve tried everything including yanking sleeves and eating peppers to see if that gets us riled. But we keep coming back to some very basic questions such as “Why is this crap secret?” and “Is any of this crap secret?”
We do understand that the WikiLeaks operation is an operation wholly dedicated to hatred of America. For all the high-minded verbiage coming from WikiLeaks the entire purpose of the organization is to hurt the United States. What WikiLeaks seeks to do is sabotage, if not destroy, American diplomacy.
“There have been many comparisons of Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter, focused on the economy. But the continuing leak of documents by Wikileaks has become for Obama what the Iranian hostage crisis was to Carter.
The Wikileaks folks trot the globe with impunity and funnel documents to the press at will, for the purpose of damaging U.S. relations with other countries, our war efforts, and our intelligence capability. And we do almost nothing about it.
Whether or not someone gets killed as a direct result of a Wikileaks disclosure, the damage to our country is deep, as allies and sources among enemies will stop cooperating with us for fear of exposure, our diplomats will be hesitant to speak frankly with headquarters, and our intelligence on al-Qaeda and others will be compromised.
We are the laughingstock of the world, an impotent superpower whose response to those who aid our enemies is to write a letter asking them not to do it.”
That might or might not be true. But we’re not convinced. As always in our analysis we go back to first principles and ask “what is good for the American people and the American system of government?” Our answer is that the American people deserve as much information as a sovereign people need in order to have a government of, by, and for, the people. Our answer is that American governments come and go but that the American system of government is what matters. In our system of government the American people are sovereign.
The American people elect American governments but over the centuries the American government often thinks more of its self-preservation and its benefits than what is good for the people. Secrecy is adored by governments which prefer to act with impunity and as little oversight as possible. Governments perpetuate secrecy and claim it is done to carry on the people’s business but too often the real purpose of the secrecy is convenience and ease – not to mention a way to avoid scrutiny. The American people are the rulers and government officials but the servants of the people.
As regards the “revelations” in the latest WikiLeaks document dump we do have to ask “Why is this material secret?” and “Is this material really secret?”
Is it really a secret and should it be a secret that many Arab governments say one thing in public and say something else in private? Is it really a secret that there are a lot of stupid officials, a lot of corrupt officials, in countries all over the world? Are the names of the stupid and/or corrupt officials really unknown? The answer is that the only ones purposely kept out of the information loop and deprived of hard information are the ones that really matter – the American people.
Should the American people know the full complexity of the world around us? Perhaps if American had been better informed they would not have tolerated a boob in the White House, planted there by people like Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, etc.
Should the American people know and what is the cost of making that information available? In every instance of a “WikiLeak” we have read it appears that the American people should have the information and that the cost is minimal and at worse merely embarrassing.
For instance, should Americans know that “President Obama cancelled anti-missile shield plans in Poland and the Czech Republic to get Russia support for UN sanctions against Iran“? We certainly do think that this is something of consequence about which the American people should be informed and not allow Obama the Boob to decide by himself on this issue without high levels of scrutiny.
Should Americans know that Barack Obama boobed about Israel policy and Hamas/Palestinian interests although secretly (again, isn’t this an open secret that just about everyone knows?) Arab governments wanted an attack on – Iran? “Cut off the head of the snake” said the Saudi government. “The King, Foreign Minister, Prince Muqrin, and Prince Nayif all agreed that the Kingdom needs to cooperate with the US on resisting and rolling back Iranian influence and subversion in Iraq.”
Isn’t it better to have the double dealing of Arab states exposed rather than protected? Is it better for states like Iran to be confronted publicly with the consequences of their rogue policies or to feel comforted by the cowardice of their neighbors?
In a completely unrelated development (for fools who can’t see what is right in front of their noses) there were non diplomatic actions in Iran today that were actually secret, actually consequential – not a WikiLeak:
“Two separate explosions killed a nuclear scientist and injured another in the Iranian capital Monday morning, official news outlets reported.
Both scholars’ wives and a driver were also injured in the attacks, according to the news agencies. The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering team at the Shahid Behesti university in Tehran, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA.”
If the WikiLeaks had emerged before this non-diplomatic activity in Teheran then a stronger case can be made for suppression. But from what we can tell, there are no real secrets and nothing that should be a secret thus far revealed by the America haters at WikiLeaks.
Should Americans know that Israel comes out smelling like a rose? We think so.
Should Americans know that the American government believes Iran has missiles obtained from North Korea that can “strike at Western European capitals”? Is this why so many governments in Europe are afraid to support Israel and tell the truth in public about Iran? We think so. Let the information flow.
“WikiLeaks claimed that the documents show the extent of United States spying on its allies and the United Nations; overlooking or accepting corruption and human rights abuse in friendly states; doing backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; and lobbying for American corporations. [snip]
The cache of a quarter-million U.S. diplomatic cables were obtained in turn by the Times, Der Spiegel in Germany, The Guardian in Britain, Le Monde in France and El País in Spain. The cables constitute the third bundle of classified material involving the United States released by WikiLeaks to selected news media in the past six months.
The cables, most of them from the past three years, reportedly reveal the Obama administration’s communications and discussions over foreign crises. Among startling revelations, The Guardian disclosed that Arab leaders privately urged an air strike on Iran and that American officials have been ordered to spy on the United Nations leadership.[snip]
Among disclosures that could potentially cause a problem for Washington, according to The Guardian, are fears in Washington and London over Pakistan’s nuclear program; suspected links between the Russian government and organized crime; criticism of British military operations in Afghanistan; and claims of inappropriate behavior by a British royal family member.
The Times cited “gaming out an eventual collapse of North Korea: American and South Korean officials have discussed the prospects for a unified Korea, should the North’s economic troubles and political transition lead the state to implode. The South Koreans even considered commercial inducements to China, according to the American ambassador to Seoul. She told Washington in February that South Korean officials believe that the right business deals would ‘help salve’ China’s ‘concerns about living with a reunified Korea’ that is in a ‘benign alliance’ with the United States.”
The Times also cited “suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government: When Afghanistan’s vice president visited the United Arab Emirates last year, local authorities working with the Drug Enforcement Administration discovered that he was carrying $52 million in cash. With wry understatement, a cable from the American Embassy in Kabul called the money ‘a significant amount’ that the official, Ahmed Zia Massoud, ‘was ultimately allowed to keep without revealing the money’s origin or destination.’ (Mr. Massoud denies taking any money out of Afghanistan.)”
Spying at the U.N. Imagine that. Anyone ever seen the film North By Northwest? Any diplomat that believes some silly treaty or agreement not to spy means they are not spied upon is a dolt. $52 million cash in a suitcase? Corruption in Afghanistan? Corruption in Russia? These are hardly secrets.
Hillary Clinton today appropriately denounced WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks is a lying, America hating organization, even though WikiLeaks officials cloak their words with high minded principles. WikiLeaks is not heroic or acting “on principle” in any way. Ditto American Big Media which has so many hypocrisies related to this WikiLeaks story we won’t catalog them today.
Bradley Manning, the gay soldier who leaked millions of documents to WikiLeaks, has not done gay people a favor. It won’t be long before the argument is made against gays in the military with Private Manning as Exhibit A of why “they” can’t be trusted. Out of three million men and women with access to this information it was Private Manning who decided to sneak the information out under the guise of Lady Gaga music. Private Manning, gay Private Manning, will eventually be a poster boy on rat poison bottles and for those who hate gay people.
Why Private Manning along with three million others had potential access to all this information that is now bemoaned as “damaging” will someday have to be answered.
Questions that the American public should demand answers to are many:
“• How the hacker attacks which forced Google to quit China in January were orchestrated by a senior member of the Politburo who typed his own name into the global version of the search engine and found articles criticising him personally.
• Allegations that Russia and its intelligence agencies are using mafia bosses to carry out criminal operations, with one cable reporting that the relationship is so close that the country has become a “virtual mafia state“.
• The extraordinarily close relationship between Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, which is causing intense US suspicion. Cables detail allegations of “lavish gifts”, lucrative energy contracts and the use by Berlusconi of a “shadowy” Russian-speaking Italiango-between.
• Devastating criticism of the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan by US commanders, the Afghan president and local officials in Helmand. The dispatches reveal particular contempt for the failure to impose security around Sangin – the town which has claimed more British lives than any other in the country. [snip]
The cables contain specific allegations of corruption, as well as harsh criticism by US embassy staff of their host governments, from Caribbean islands to China and Russia. The material includes a reference to Putin as an “alpha-dog” and Hamid Karzai as being “driven by paranoia”, while Angela Merkel allegedly “avoids risk and is rarely creative”. There is also a comparison between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Adolf Hitler.
The cables names Saudi donors as the biggest financiers of terror groups, and provide an extraordinarily detailed account of an agreement between Washington and Yemen to cover up the use of US planes to bomb al-Qaida targets.”
Saudi donors financing terror groups – what a shock! WikiLeaks sought to hurt America and American diplomacy. Instead, WikiLeaks might unwittingly help to make America stronger.
The better informed the American people are, the better decisions the American people might make. That was the theory the Founders had when they protected the press and embedded those protections in the United States Constitution. Sadly, the founders’ vision and press protection is sorely tested by the incompetent weasels we call Big Media.
Information will flow. If Big Media does not provide the information, other sources will develop that will provide the information. In this case the information came from America hating WikiLeaks.
If WikiLeaks had integrity we would see a flood of information from the diplomatic cables of other countries. But WikiLeaks is first and foremost an enemy of the United States – however sometimes your enemies can be your very best friends.