Well, here we go. This will be interesting.
Two questions and then I’ll leave you to your handwringing about how all secrets should come out. That if you don’t have anything to hide, blah, blah blah.
Do you support closing GITMO? Well, Wikileaks has screwed that up:
Bargaining to empty the GuantÃ¡namo Bay prison: When American diplomats pressed other countries to resettle detainees, they became reluctant players in a State Department version of ”œLet’s Make a Deal.” Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in a group of detainees, cables from diplomats recounted. The Americans, meanwhile, suggested that accepting more prisoners would be ”œa low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.”
And how about the goal of keeping fissile material out of rogue hands? Well, Wikileaks screwed that up too:
A dangerous standoff with Pakistan over nuclear fuel: Since 2007, the United States has mounted a highly secret effort, so far unsuccessful, to remove from a Pakistani research reactor highly enriched uranium that American officials fear could be diverted for use in an illicit nuclear device. In May 2009, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson reported that Pakistan was refusing to schedule a visit by American technical experts because, as a Pakistani official said, ”œif the local media got word of the fuel removal, ”˜they certainly would portray it as the United States taking Pakistan’s nuclear weapons,’ he argued.”
It’s fine and well to sit on your high horse and talk *tsk* *tsk* about bribery and ethics and morals but the disclosure of these cables will harm your interests. Let me put it this way: do you want to see the US invade Yemen? How can the disclosure of President Saleh of Yemen lying to his own people (and laughing about it) do us any good? How will it do the cause of peace any good at all when it will more than likely destabilize Yemen further and subsequently add momentum to the “do something crowd” in the Beltway? Do you think a Yemen post-Saleh will be less inclined to radical Islam? Do you honestly think these disclosures are going to stop that? This is just one example. See also this post about how this will affect the Department of State’s future behavior, the one department in our government that has, by and large, remained true to our values as a nation.
Look, the US acts terribly on the world stage. Explain to me how leaking the internal deliberations of mostly career diplomats, who are honest, who are trying to do good work, who are trying to advance some goodness in the world is going to change our behavior? Changing behavior starts at home.