Who is Getting Played?
As a thought experiment, let's say you were a very determined and very unscrupulous right-wing NeoCon mole in the State Department. Further, let's say you determined that not everything was currently going your way, so the best course of action would be to throw carefully selected spanners into the carefully selected works. These spanners would be chosen to damage any entity that didn't support your own full-throated, "America, FUCK YEAH!", approach to "diplomacy". To continue, let's say you had many allies in this endeavor, and together you had spent years collecting these particular spanners. Rounding out the scenario, imagine you had an outlet that had no problem serving your interests by helping you throw these spanners into the works, even though that outlet purports to have the exact opposite goals as you (useful idiots are useful!). In fact, if your goal is to provoke war with Iran, you might want to particularly expose Arab leaders who urge American military strikes against Iran. Does anyone find it curious (surprising?) that out of those 250,000 pages, this particular news has been discovered and reported immediately? From the Jerusalem Post article above, entitled "Wikileaks Vindicate, Don't Damage, Israel":
Based on the trove of diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks on Sunday, the United States is clearly listening to and recording what Middle Eastern leaders have to say about Iran. The question left unanswered is what the US is willing to do about it.
For years now, top Israeli political and defense leaders have warned the world that a nuclear Iran is not just a threat to the Jewish state but is a threat to the entire region.
Wikileaks: 'Saudis on Iran: Cut off the head of the snake'
Leak: Iran used Red Crescent to smuggle weapons
“If only we could say publicly what we hear behind closed doors,” Israeli officials would comment, following off-record talks they held with Arab leaders throughout the Middle East.
Well, now they can. According to one cable published by WikiLeaks on Sunday, Saudi King Abdullah “frequently exhorted the US to attack Iran to put an end to its nuclear weapons program” and to cut off the head of the snake.
According to another cable, King Hamad of Bahrain, a country with a majority Shi’ite population, urged in a meeting with former CENTCOM commander Gen.
David Petraeus that action be taken to terminate Iran’s nuclear program.
“That program must be stopped,” Hamad said, according to the cable. “The danger of letting it go on is greater than the danger of stopping it.”
Jordan, another country that voiced concern, is uncomfortable with the possibility that a nuclear Iran would provide an umbrella for opposition groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt is also challenged by Iran’s continued nuclear development, as shown by the conviction in April of 26 men who were spying for Hizbullah and plotting attacks in Egypt.
From an Israeli perspective, therefore, it would not be an exaggeration to say that WikiLeaks may have done the country a service on Sunday. By presenting the Arab leaders as more extreme in their remarks than Israeli leaders, the cables show the dissonance in the region and the danger involved in allowing Iran to continue with its nuclear program.
Yes, "if only we could somehow get this out", it may have done their war goals "a service"....
Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is an even worse enemy. Anyway, with all respect to Arthur on this*, count me instead with Anglachel as describing this as a giant rat-fucking operation, designed to promote more war. If someone can find any evidence whatsoever that this actually damages the expansion of American imperialism, rather than enhances it, please wake me.
*Who I love and support (and you should too) even when we disagree.