So the new WikiLeaks stuff is out, I see. Not a whole lot of detail right now, but the UK Guardian has a few details in its article. Here I’m going to explain why none of it is important.
The United States was catapulted into a worldwide diplomatic crisis today, with the leaking to the Guardian and other international media of more than 250,000 classified cables from its embassies, many sent as recently as February this year.
First of all, I don’t believe for an instant that this is a diplomatic crisis, at least not between governments. I’m sure that they already know most of this. What’s upsetting to the US is that the general public might find out. But really, any halfway intelligent person is not going to be surprised by any of this information.
the Guardian can disclose that Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran
Then do it your goddamn selves, you motherfuckers. Why should the United States be the one to shoulder the financial burden and the deaths and materiel loss, and the international backlash? Oh right, because you’re all a bunch of fucking cowards who don’t want to upset the terrorists because then you will be the ones dying and getting your shit blown up.
US officials have been instructed to spy on the UN’s leadership.
Everybody spies on everybody. This is the way of things.
These two revelations alone would be likely to reverberate around the world.
Not really. I mean, the whole thing about Middle Eastern nations secretly wanting to destroy Iran is sort of embarrassing, but shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
Among scores of other disclosures that are likely to cause uproar, the cables detail:
• Grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme
Color me surprised.
• Alleged links between the Russian government and organised crime.
• Devastating criticism of the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan.
Oh, you mean like how the US and everybody else have also been totally ineffective at fixing that messed up country?
• Claims of inappropriate behaviour by a member of the British royal family.
Gosh, that could be just about any of them except maybe the Queen herself. Don’t UK tabloids exist mainly because of inappropriate behavior of the British royal family?
The material includes a reference to Vladimir Putin as an “alpha-dog”
This is both obvious and unimportant. I think Putin would be amused by the comparison, since he tries so hard to convey it in his public activities.
Hamid Karzai as being “driven by paranoia”
I’m not sure how it’s paranoia when everybody really is out to get him.
Angela Merkel allegedly “avoids risk and is rarely creative”
She’s the German Chancellor. It’s her job to avoid risk. Creativity is also not one of the important traits for someone in her position to have.
There is also a comparison between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Adolf Hitler.
Let’s see…encouraging citizens to have more children, encouraging women to stay home and keep house, price controls, military expansion, secret military buildup, obsession with superweapons, having a personal army under his direct control separate from the national military, imprisonment/torture/murder of political dissidents, persecution of anyone deviating from the proclaimed ideal in beliefs or personal behavior. Oh, and all that anti-Semitic ranting and obsessions with the “Zionist agenda”.
Sure sounds to me like they have a lot in common.
The cables name countries involved in financing terror groups
Once again, this is common knowledge, or at least unsurprising. I’m sure that Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan…well shit pretty much everybody over there…are on the list.
US ambassadors in other capitals were instructed to brief their hosts in advance of the release of unflattering pen-portraits or nakedly frank accounts of transactions with the US which they had thought would be kept quiet. Washington now faces a difficult task in convincing contacts around the world that any future conversations will remain confidential.
This will be yet another motivation for the rest of the world detaching from the United States. They’re already doing it economically. That it would also be diplomatic is not surprising.
The cables published today reveal how the US uses its embassies as part of a global espionage network, with diplomats tasked to obtain not just information from the people they meet, but personal details, such as frequent flyer numbers, credit card details and even DNA material.
Well DUH. What do you think embassy networks are for? You really think diplomacy is all they do? Anyone that naive shouldn’t be voting. All countries do this. Every. Single. One.
So far I’m having trouble getting excited about this new WikiLeaks release. As with the previous information they released, it’s really not that big of a deal. Nothing in it (so far) is surprising. Certainly not a smoking gun.