Wikileaks roundup

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on November 29, 2010

A couple of points on the latest round of Wikileaks disclosures:

  • PFC Bradley Manning is apparently the source of most, if not all, of the material Wikileaks has published – including documents on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that has endangered the lives of civilians who’ve helped U.S. and NATO troops in those countries. Manning should be tried, convicted and executed.
  • The Obama administration’s foreign policy may be the worst since the Carter administration.
    • It turns out that Obama “traded” the anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic away in order to get the Russians to sign-on to tougher sanctions against Iran. Less than a month after tossing our allies to the bears, Russia nixed tougher sanctions.
    • Obama also apparently bought into the anti-Israel complaints that are so prevalent on the American left. Everyone knows that the Arab countries bash Israel (and the U.S.) for domestic consumption in order to divert anger against their own governing regimes. Everyone except Obama. As Omri Ceren points out over at “Big Peace,” the Arabs are much more concerned about the Iranians and their nuke program than the Israelis or the plight of the Palestinians.

On the other side you had Middle East experts like Dan Diker, who insisted on One Jerusalem Radio’s Omri Ceren Show that the Saudis gave Obama a bruising lecture on what they actually care about, and it wasn’t the Palestinians. Under this theory King Abdullah expected to talk about militarily confronting Iran, and he couldn’t believe it when Obama kept reciting bromides about the earth-shattering importance of the Israeli/Arab conflict and his enthusiasm for solving it. That was a regular public topic between the two – Obama’s first talk with Abdullah focused on Gaza and the President later emphasized his abiding support for Saudi Arabia’s “Israel Has To Commit Suicide” plan – but the King kind of thought he was dealing with a serious person who could separate spectacle from policy. Instead he got the equivalent of an International Relations graduate student enamored with pseudo-sophisticated “insights” he’d gleaned from Arab media outlets. Ergo, meltdown.

Finally, Wikileaks needs to be taken down. There’s not much we can do about what’s already been put out there, but nabbing Julian Assange and putting him in Gitmo would be a start. If Iceland, where Wikileaks servers are located, refuses to shut them down, we can EMP the area and fry the things.

2 comments on “Wikileaks roundup”

  1. Thank you Mr. Freedom of the Press. Can we also shut down the NYT website? Not many people are using that one either.

    Honestly, did any of these leaks tell us anything we didn't already know, or at least suspect? Oh, look the US spies on other countries? Really? The only thing I have gotten out of the leaks is that the State Department isn't quite as naive as they are often made out to be.

  2. Shit, for what The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ("Insha'Allah some day the Three Holy Mosques") is paying for one floor at Columbia Presbyterian he could the entire Kings County Hospital and all the homes is a one mile radius around that facility.


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