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Posted by Yeggo in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Nov 28th 2010, 07:40 PM
A quick couple of thoughts on the Wikileaks ha-ha that’s currently getting brou-ed by bloggers on both sides:

I have a real problem with some of those on the left that seem overly gleeful about the volume and importance of the information being disseminated in this latest batch of intelligence, and here’s why: for the last few weeks, there’s been talk about the START treaty being held up in the Senate by a few Republican lawmakers - namely John Kyl of Arizona.

Now, I’ve posted on this already, so I’m not going to go into too much detail. Suffice it to say, I agree with a lot of those on the left who say the GOP is playing partisan, stop-the-president games that end up hurting our foreign policy goals and potentially jeopardizing our standing overseas. The START treaty is overwhelmingly supported by politicians on both sides of the political spectrum, and is a measured step down a road that the Gipper himself helped pave decades ago.

But, if you’re going to take the position that obstruction of the START treaty in the Senate endangers our national security, you cannot applaud the Wikileaks documents as merely “transparency,” and some are trying to have it both ways by doing just that.

In an ideal world, I’d be right there with you. I’d be mad as hell that our State Department, the FBI, the CIA, and the military all do things that I wish we didn’t have to. But this isn’t an ideal world. The fact is that the type of intelligence, counterintelligence, international maneuvering that Wikileaks is shining their light on is necessary in this world. And if we’re going to have to do it, I want to be really, really, REALLY good at it. Which is why I have a problem - we need to maintain our credibility with the rest of the world.

We all had that kid in school or in the neighborhood. He wasn’t overtly a bully, but he was the “Alpha Dog.” Seemed cooler than everyone else, captain of the football team, hot girlfriend, but still managed to be smart and funny at the same time. Women wanted to be with him, men wanted to be him… you know the type. We can’t keep being that guy if our sister keeps telling everyone we’re scared of clowns - know what I mean?

Besides, let’s face facts here - we live in a country where the majority of us don’t know whether our taxes went up or down last year. As a populace, we’re completely incapable of parsing hundreds of thousands of documents and give them their proper weight. Blake Hounshell put it best today, calling this dump “information vandalism” - it’s just impossible to properly review these documents before they get irresponsibly and incorrectly contextualized by everyone with a website. I’ve purposefully not attempted to summarize any of the actual intel in these documents for a reason - it’s not my place.

Regardless of what you think of our government, there’s a reason we have one. There’s a reason we trust certain men and women to do things it’s so easy for us to decry from our posterior while in front of a computer keyboard in our living room. It’s because not only are we unable to comprehend the complexity of the world we live in, at the end of the day, deep down in places we don’t talk about at parties, we really don’t want to.

Anyway, just my opinion. If you want to share yours, the comments are wide open.

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