Stream of conscious posting.
I’ve been thinking about the whole Wikileaks issue. A lot of people I would normally agree with have a slightly different view of Wikileaks. Some thinks Julian Assange is a criminal, a vicious immoral person whose anti-Americanism will get people killed. Now I don’t necessarily disagree with that but should we then treat Assange and Wikileaks as a terrorist organization and eliminate them?
Some also argue that his latest document release of diplomatic cables doesn’t reveal any real new information but is embarrassing. Yeah gotta agree there. But here is the catch, that information while a no brainer too many of us who follow foreign affairs, is news to the great masses that simply follow what their social group promotes. Then there are those that know what’s happening but because of political agendas would never admit to the goings on.
For example: The Afghanistan political leadership is corrupt. So wouldn’t it be better to have this in the open so our leaders will make honest decision (with constituent emphasis) on how we pursue our war / nation building there? Shouldn’t we be more closely watching how much money we just hand over to these guys or maybe not hand over any and run things ourselves? When we hear our leadership express confidence in Karzai and then in private talk of how poor he is doing doesn’t that make you wonder what our plan is?
I’m all for diplomatic secrets and I don’t think it’s a good thing to have you diplomatic cables out in the open but we have to start saying what we mean in public and private. The “great game” is not a game to those of us who have been on the ground and watched the actual cost. To us this is a war and should be either fought or we should leave.
When I hear that the VP of Afghanistan was carrying 52 million in cash to Dubai I have to question what the hell we are doing. I don’t want some third world (if you can call it that) countries VP having access to anything like that amount of OUR money. It’s either our money or drug money so it’s wrong either way.
Would we have heard about this without Wikileaks? I don’t know. But I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg in the amount of corruption and just plain piss poor operations in this war. I’m not talking about the military who are actually trying to accomplish something. Who are in fact probably our best diplomats in country? The military waste while sure is considerable generally doesn’t rise anywhere near the levels of the State Department or the multiple three letter agencies running around.
I’m still in favor of hammering the people that leaked and continue to leak classified information but if we hammer Wikileaks don’t we have an obligation to approach every news outlet that releases classified information the same way? Remember it was normal media outlets the revealed what Wkileaks put out first since their servers were being hit with a DoS attack. It’s the high level leaker that piss my off that never get charged with anything.
My suggestions are: we shouldn’t classify as much stuff as we do. It’s insane the amount and kind of information we classify.
Say what we truly mean in diplomatic situations. Confusion was a issue in the Iraq war where Saddam didn’t think we’d invade.
Don’t invade a country if you don’t plan on a complete and total victory or taking over and running the damn place. Paying off crooks isn’t the answer. If you plan on installing your own puppet government make damn sure they don’t waste your money and do what you want, otherwise you’re wasting OUR money and we don’t have much of that left.
Enforce our laws of treason and start public hanging again. Then Wilileaks won’t have much of an information stream. Just saying…..