I’m now sort of ambivalent about this doc release. I have trouble seeing transparency as an always-bad thing in international relations… if we think the current administration is nuts domestically (Nov 2), then how does it generally (not specifically) hurt for us to know what they are up to internationally, as well? Yes, there are issues of trust from other governments to us if this stuff gets out there… but those governments already know this stuff… AND they know they engage in the same kind of name-calling and disparagement of our guys that we now are shown to of their guys.
Yes, I would guess some people may die as a result of these leaks, just as CIA officers have been killed before due to leaks. But if it opens information like this, maybe the leaks aren’t ALL bad?
Isn’t this just more internet-driven openness? And, overall, is that not a good thing?
Frankly, my view on the internet’s impact on government and voter behavior is that the Tea Party is a direct result of the information we now – and for the first time, really – have on what our elected folks are doing. And we don’t LIKE it. Nov 2 showed what we think now that we know what’s really going on. And if we don’t like what the GOP does in the next Congress, 2012 will be a free-for-all (with attendant increases in global problems as we show our lack of maturity in dealing with the world as it is, rather than as the Utopia Regressives & Beltway Pols demand it become).
Wikileaks is just an international version of the new openness in the US…. and we ought to know what our “leaders” our doing in our name internationally, ought we not? I mean they DO work for us, right? And we KNOW they lie to us all the time, right?