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Dec. 2nd, 2010 | 03:37 pm

Not to get political (because I'd never *coughcoughcough*), but the whole wikileaks thing confuse me. How is it bad? I can understand if it is some sort of SECRET weapon or defense information but the disclosure of 250,000 diplomatic cables is kind of, um, well stupid, and it isn't like we weren't all thinking about it in the first place.

Comments made by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that sums up my view on the whole thing:
“Now, I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and so on. I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. 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 believe we can keep secrets. Many governments — some governments — deal with us because they fear us, some because they respect us, most because they need us. We are still essentially, as has been said before, the indispensable nation.

“So other nations will continue to deal with us. They will continue to work with us. We will continue to share sensitive information with one another.

“Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest.’’


So, in conclusion - Australia doesn't have any international political power, how is this new?

ETA: That is, the diplomatic cables, not so much of a secret. How does people not know with even a bit of international political knowledge?!

ETA2: We all know diplomat is just another name for filthy spy, she says. [OMFG! MY BRAIN IS ABOUT TO DRIBBLE OUT FROM MY EARS! WHUT?!]

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manic intent

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from: manic_intent
date: Dec. 2nd, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
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I find the wikileaks thing hilarious. Wikileak's Julian's doubtful sexual escapades (doubtful or not, idk, but I find the timing of his Interpol Most Wanted thing pretty convenient, sort of like the Anwar sodomy trial in Malaysia whenever that guy gets close to becoming PM) aside, it seems to be a triumph of modern media and one of Mom's First Commandments: if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it. XD

Besides, as Jon Stewart intimated, quite a few of the wikileaks cables are more catty than things to start wars over.

Also, I rather like the cable about Sarkozy once having to chase a dog chasing a rabbit around his office. LOL.

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
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It is hilarious. I was reading some of the stuff and it is just like, yes, it is nice to know, professionals think the same thing.

I love Jon Stewart, but yes, so very catty. I bet they have awesome drinking games.

HAHAHA! Teh dog and rabbit imagery cracks me up so very much.

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