Perhaps some good may come out of this episode after all. The United States, in spite of its democratic institutions, has been running a global foreign policy that has been largely covert, manipulative and sometimes unlawful since the end of the World War II.
The obsession with Iran – so to speak– reveals the facts about the Middle East, as seen through the eyes of the United States. The correspondence among U.S. diplomats and envoys demonstrate that Washington believes that Iran is the only party that has a viable scheme that competes with the U.S. project.
This chilling effect is bad news for America and the world. More than ever, the cables confirm that an unusually broad cross-section of countries favor a military strike against Iran.
Many of the most acid assessments scorch US allies; what must the top-secret data say about Washington’s enemies?
Real, significant secrets are rarely included in these cables, and diplomats are rarely privy to them.
Confusion reigned over what the 2014 timeline set at Lisbon really meant. Was this a move away from the deadline – of July 2011 – announced last year by President Barack Obama for when American troops will start pulling out from Afghanistan?
The sequence of recent developments has further strengthened the perception that the US has no plan to end the war in Afghanistan which has deeply plunged into the morass of backwardness and depredation.
Haiti is sinking, but Africa is taking off, with a few exceptions, which are the "three Zs”: Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo, country of the great forgotten war), Zimbabwe (in which the old tyrant destructor continues to the point of absurdity) and Zambia (where the miners’ revolt rumbles on against [Read more]
WikiLeaks has caused a diplomatic mess of the highest order. The leaked documents contain little that politicians around the world will find flattering. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle comes off especially badly. The leak will be a test of German-American relations.
Confidential and classified U.S. State [Read more]