On Wikileaks

There is such a massive amount to go through and I won’t have time to do it for a while. In the meantime, from what I have seen so far, this piece by James Rubin seems to resonate:

The hard left, so quick to demand that America accept other countries’ political systems, now seems blind to the fact that other governments want to have the right to say one thing in public and a different thing in private. By respecting that difference, American diplomats are doing their job. Surely the Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, would prefer for Arab leaders to be as honest and open and transparent as we are in our country. Until such democratic values come to the Arab world, however, we have to work with what we’ve got. U.S. diplomacy has been damaged, not destroyed; it will recover after a time. But for now, Wikileaks is making diplomacy’s task a whole lot harder.

Some of the findings are, while not surprising, downright radical: Arab worry over an Iran nuke is even more prominent than Israeli worry. Good to see that. Further, I agree that the Americans involved in funneling these documents to Assange should be arrested for exposing state secrets and convicted like a spy of years past.

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Ron Gordon

Math nerd in his early 40's who seems to have an opinion about everything and an inability to keep it to himself.