Even more moderate voices are calling for him to be tried for espionage.
By shedding a harsh light on diplomacy’s seamier, hypocritical side they also confirm the age-old adage that an ambassador is an honest person sent abroad to lie for the good of his or her country.
If the public understood more about the daily business of international relations, they might be better placed to judge politicians' pronouncements on foreign policy.
Much of the information released was classified at a low level. This means that it was widely available to, and presumably used by, a very large number of people in the U.S. military and the diplomatic community. It also makes it susceptible to leaks.
But the damage done to Washington is nothing compared to the pain that is about to be inflicted on the confidential sources in Russia, China and Sudan.
With lessons learned from the Kyoto Protocol, in which the U.S. signed agreements at international talks in the event that it did not accomplish domestic climate legislation, people now know that that signature did not count in the end.
We should not be shocked that George W. Bush told a few lies in his memoirs. We became accustomed — the world became accustomed — to his lies during the eight black years when he sat on a seat he didn’t deserve, governing the largest and most powerful state in the world.
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<b>It’s not the end of diplomacy; it’s the end of WikiLeaks.</b>
"The end of diplomacy as we know it." That’s what they’re calling the latest WikiLeaks revelations. Feel free to doubt that. Politicians and journalists condemn the leaks as “irresponsible.” At the same time, it’s not big news that Guido [Read more]
This is hardly a case of whistle blowing. What the US thinks of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin or Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and so many others is salacious, even amusing. But it does no constitute wrongdoing.
Her biography is unique. Sarah Louise Heath Palin — daughter of a teacher and a secretary — was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, and after having earned various scholarships from universities in Alaska, Hawaii and Idaho, she graduated with degrees in business management, journalism and political science. Her hobbies [Read more]