Radical Left; Confirms American Competence
"Barack Obama is a man of the left, perhaps
too far on the left, but Julian Assange belongs to a radical species to the
left of Obama. … As the leaked documents reveal, the real world is more like
Bush's than Obama's, and they discredit the naive and utopian view of the radical
left that Assange represents."
Julian Assange intended to strike a blow at American "imperialism" by
releasing U.S. diplomatic cables, the results have been exactly the opposite:
the American vision of the world is the accurate one, and the view of the
radical left has been discredited.
Obama is a man of the left, perhaps too far to the left, but Julian Assange
belongs to a radical species to the left of Obama. This is evidenced by his
personal crusade against America, regardless of who is occupies the White
House. From his perspective, the 250,000 American diplomatic cables published
by WikiLeaks provide overwhelming evidence of U.S. “duplicity,” of the cynicism
of Washington and of other terrible things that the radical left customarily
lays at the door of the Great Satan - leaks or no leaks. But what these
documents demonstrate is something else entirely.
of all, the documents are important, but not because they disclose anything
new. What makes them significant is that they confirm what the whole world already
knows. For example, the entire world knows that Russia is a mafia state led by strongman
Vladimir Putin - with Dmitri Medvedev as figurehead. The entire world knows
Moldova President is a noxious and deeply corrupt character. The whole
world knows how impulsive and egocentric Nicolas Sarkozy is. And yes, all the
world knows that in 2004, [former Prime Minister] Adrian Nastase's
Romania was “a feral nation,” that didn't deserve admission to the European
Union, and that the decision to allow Romania and Bulgaria to join was purely
political. Subsequent events have shown overwhelmingly that this was the case.
The American diplomatic cables only serve to confirm all of these truths.
to U.S. diplomatic cables, Vladimir Voronin, the former Moldova president, offered
a bribe of almost $10 million to opposition rival Marian Lupu, to keep his
defeated communist government in power.]
they also confirm that Washington retains the formidable diplomatic reach of a
superpower, despite the not infrequent blunders of American foreign policy. Speaking
strictly about the democratic West, since Russia and China are another story, U.S.
diplomacy seems uniquely capable of collecting quality information from across
the globe and organizing it in a meaningful way. In other words, out of these
leaks, American diplomats are shown to be a professional body who know how to cultivate
relationships with relevant people in the countries that they are stationed, and
who can provide Washington policy makers with a precise picture of the
situation in their respective countries. That is exactly what embassy staffs
the cables confirm the fact that American foreign policy is exactly what leaders
in Washington say it is. In other words, there is neither a planetary-level conspiracy
nor a malevolent plot for world domination; no hidden agenda and no inclination
to put American foreign policy at the service of Zionism. To the disappointment
of conspiracy theorists everywhere, it wasn't Israel who asked Americans to
“cut off the head of the Iranian snake,” but King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
cosmic irony of WikiLeaks' disclosure is that it highlights the fact that the "real"
world obstinately refuses to dispense with the myth propagated by the radical
left. The world is by no means a peaceful and friendly place in which united
nations might hold hands in a global embrace if only the American imperialist devil didn't transform it into hell with its evil interventions. In fact, the
world is a complicated and dangerous place, filled with corrupt and
irresponsible leaders; it is a place where conflict is more the rule and peace
the exception. It is a place where distinguishing the good guys from the bad,
like you can in a third-rate film, often cannot be done - and more seriously, there
are very often no good guys at all.
the leaked documents reveal, the real world is more like Bush's than Obama's,
and they discredit the naive and utopian view of the radical left that Assange
represents. It's a topsy-turvy world with many problems, where American
diplomats, in their capacity as representatives of the sole superpower,
try to resolve them. The supreme irony of all this is that the publication
of the cables by WikiLeaks hasn't undermined America, but has harmed the capacity
and efficiency of American diplomacy to resolve such difficulties. Julian
Assange has invented a weapon that the left has used to mortally wound itself -
and that has made the world a far more dangerous place. Ironic.
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