"The problem is not that the purloined cables exposed U.S. hypocrisy or double-dealing. Good God, that's the essence of diplomacy. That's what we do; that's what everyone does. Hence the famous aphorism that a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country."
It appeared in this context:
"...First, blah blah, blah...
Second, we've suffered a major blow to our ability to collect information. Talking candidly to a U.S. diplomat can now earn you headlines around the world, reprisals at home, or worse. Success in the war on terrorism depends on being trusted with other countries' secrets. Who's going to trust us now?
Third, this makes us look bad, very bad. But not in the way Secretary of State Hillary Clinton implied in her cringe-inducing apology speech in which she scolded these awful leakers for having done a disservice to "the international community," and plaintively deplored how this hampers U.S. attempts to bring about a better world.
The problem is not that the purloined cables exposed U.S. hypocrisy or double-dealing. Good God, that's the essence of diplomacy. That's what we do; that's what everyone does. Hence the famous aphorism that a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country.
"...blah, blah, blah
And where are the intelligence agencies on which we lavish $80 billion a year? Assange has gone missing. Well, he's no cave-dwelling jihadi ascetic. Find him. Start with every five-star hotel in England and work your way down.
I have to agree with poorrichard here:
"If Assange were a real activist, he would not be getting any coverage from the mainstream media, let alone so headlines every day in every well known corporate media outlet. The alleged hide and seek between Assange and the US government as well as Interpol is played out on the theatrical stage of the world’s media when it is well known the US government and Interpol can arrest anyone they want virtually any time they want given their immense resources."
I'm not going to post about this anymore. It's concert season at school and MUCH! TO! DO! I've taken my own precautionary steps around this nonsense, so there is nothing more to do or say on the subject matter.
I haven't even started on my Holiday Playlist CD's that I give out to my nearest and dearest. It's always a challenge deciding on who gets the first slot and who closes out the playlist.
I'm thinkin' I must go with ARETHA! -- she just had some surgery and I hear she is doing well. I can't imagine my world without ARETHA!
#1. ARETHA FRANKLIN
and to close it out this year, I think we need a little Billy Squire and the MTV year 1981.... oh the good old days!!!