Tell Us Something We Don’t Know

“The fact is governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us and not because they think we can keep secrets.” ~ US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, November 29th 2010.

If the publication of ‘secret’ cables by Wikileaks this week proves anything at all, it’s that our leaders are a bunch of immature children with no better view of the real world than the five years olds they seem determined to emulate.

But, then, most of us knew that already.

It doesn’t take a certificate from Mensa to work out that the cossetted upbringing and lack of parental control so typical of the overly-privileged American family, coupled with places at universities bought rather than earned, hardly endows an average diplomat with the ability to know anything other than the narrow field of indoctrination bestowed on him by his inadequate education.

Is it any wonder they spend their time sending silly messages, labeling the president of Iran, “Hitler”, and suggesting Gadafi is ‘having it off’ with his nurse?

More concerning, is a US government that will hand out seventy year jail sentences for those who dare to hack into its computer systems[1] while merrily hacking into everyone else’s, and stealing private data from all and sundry, including such an august official as the UN Secretary-General, himself, Ban Ki-moon.

In an attempt to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, Slovenia is offered ‘a chance to meet with President Obama’ if they are willing to take one of the prisoners. It sounds uncannily like a TV quiz show prize.

The South Pacific island nation of Kiribati is offered ‘millions of dollars’ if it will take Guantanamo prisoners, while Brussels is told it could be “a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe”.

When CIA agents snatched a German citizen in Macedonia in 2004, wrongly assuming him to be an al Qaeda member, US diplomats went to great lengths dissuading Germany from issuing international arrest warrants against the agents. Not that it was blackmail. The US diplomats merely “pointed out that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the US”.

When faced with the consequences of this behavior, politicians, old admirals and other brass-dangling military men lumber out of the political woodwork muttering on the irresponsibility of those publishing these facts, and how ‘it could well cost American lives’.

From White House spokesman, Robert Gibb:

“To be clear — such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.

By releasing stolen and classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals. We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.”

Oh, please! And what of all those who came to the White House for assistance in suppressing democracy and open government, and got that assistance?

The leaked cables implicate plenty of those, too.

The scenario portrays an overweight, self-serving, school bully believing he has the power and weight to push everyone else around. Yes, he has the biggest catapult, and a baseball bat inside his jacket, but the area between his ears is devoid of all but a low animal cunning. It’s this that makes him so dangerous.

I could be describing the US political system today.

But, then, most of us knew that already.

[1] Wikipedia – Gary McKinnon

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5 Replies to “Tell Us Something We Don’t Know”

  1. Setting aside the very pleasing exposure of the Duke of York as a thick arrogant aerosol, wikileaks have exposed the UK government’s duplicity in 2 areas – breaking UK law to allow the USA to store cluster bombs in the UK and promising that the Chilcott enquiry into the manipulation of the UK’s entry in to the Iraq war would be kept away from anything to embarass the US government. This is beyond cynical.

  2. WWW – you’re well out of it up there in Newfoundland.

    Richard T – I have to wholeheartedly agree. While the thrust of my post was aimed at the US government (rulers of the world, as they like to consider themselves) others hardly appear whiter-than-white in these cables. As for Prince Andrew – a spoilt brat if ever there was one.

  3. I’m with WWW on this. Also, I can’t help thinking that this could easily be an organised “show” to keep us from watching what “they” are really getting up to around now.
    Distractions-R-Us!

  4. Can I add a PS to my comments please. The USA wishes to extradite Gary McKinnon for hacking into the Pentagon’s computers. Bearing in mind the appalling lack of security of information held by the US government that the WikiLeaks saga has exposed, this seems vindictive beyond measure. In addition and more pertinent to UK law, it’s quite clear from comment smade by such legal luminaries as Mr Huckabee, ex Governor Palin and the like, he would have little chance of a fair trail and so the UK authorities should refuse his extradition on that basis. After all the USa did exactly the same thing with IRA bombers didn’t it?

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