Monday, November 29, 2010

The Wikileaks Fallout

The Wikileaks fallout, the release of the diplomatic cables, is of course, damaging to the US. Diplomats will no longer be able to communicate in confidence, and will push mealy mouth cables endorsing motherhood and apple pie. Relations with critical but fragile Muslim regimes will be damaged (principally Yemen). Leaving a freer hand for Jihadis (which is the reason Julian Assange has released the cables in the first place). But it is domestically where the impact will be greatest. Obama looks weak and ineffective and stupid, in protecting America. Now, unavoidably, America knows Obama's handling of foreign affairs has been even worse than his handling of the economy (itself disastrous).

The headline attention grabbers are that North Korea has sent Russian designed missiles capable of hitting Europe (and perhaps eventually America) to Iran. That Iran has serious internal problems. That Saudi Arabia is both funding Al Qaeda, and is so afraid of Iran's nukes that it recommends that the US bomb Iran. The Saudis are more hawkish on Iran than the Israelis. Included is the assessment of Turkey that its leaders would wish to reconquer Spain for Muslims and take Vienna and Central Europe.

Americans can see the Saudis fears of Iran's nukes, and pencil in $10 a gallon gas, once Iran has a complete nuclear system. As well as a direct threat to Europe and America. Obama has done nothing to stop both aggressive Iran and North Korea. The revelation that North Korea has sent nuclear capable missiles to Iran makes Americans angry and uneasy. They expect Obama to do something about it, and Obama has done nothing but flounce around on the world stage.

Obama's embrace of Turkey, which has ambitions to reconquer Spain for Islam, and complete what the Sultans tried to do (conquer Vienna and Central Europe) looks now monumentally stupid. Turkey is a threat and an enemy, not an ally of America. Meanwhile in Europe, 53% of Swiss Voters approved a plan to automatically deport foreigners convicted of serious crimes (including murder and rape), despite a rival proposal that was less strong and threats from the EU and Human Rights commissions. As Obama has embraced Turkey's desire to reconquer Europe for Islam, ordinary Europeans are sick of Islamic aggression and starting to get angry, voting for reasonable measures that allow only law-abiding foreigners, not a conquering army in being.

Other revelations from Wikileaks include China hacking into ordinary people's information at Google and US companies and the Pentagon and pretty much every place else. As well as "Let's Make a Deal" for Guantanomo Bay jihadis, the ineffectiveness of the Obama Adminstration in protecting America has been stunning for Americans to learn.

A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.

Mixed records against terrorism: Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December. Qatar’s security service was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,” the cable said.

Arms deliveries to militants: Cables describe the United States’ failing struggle to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has amassed a huge stockpile since its 2006 war with Israel. One week after President Bashar al-Assad promised a top State Department official that he would not send “new” arms to Hezbollah, the United States complained that it had information that Syria was providing increasingly sophisticated weapons to the group.

Clashes with Europe over human rights: American officials sharply warned Germany in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in a bungled operation in which an innocent German citizen [who just happened to show up in the Balkans with lots of cash and weapons -- Ed] with the same name as a suspected militant was mistakenly kidnapped and held for months in Afghanistan. A senior American diplomat told a German official “that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the U.S.”

Americans understand well that globalization plugs them into global instability and risks as well as cheap sneakers. The arrest of the young Somali man, age 19, a US citizen, who planned to murder hundreds in downtown Portland (including many children) at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, is part of globalization. By what right do Somalis belong in America? Why indeed should they be there? And given that the young man, a part time Oregon State student, has reportedly dreamed of being a jihadi since 15.

Americans are sick and tired of apologizing for America. They expect Obama to be a President who kicks terrorist behind, not apologizes to it. While they want threats to go away, that is not a desire for surrender. Americans are slowly realizing that Multiculturalism is a joke, as German Chancellor Merkel said recently. And that Muslim men in the US guarantees a constant, low level jihad. An arson fire at the Islamic Center/Mosque where the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber worshipped shows that even terminally PC Portland residents get mad when Muslims try to blow them and their kids up at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Mohammed Osman Mohamud has certainly awakened even Portlanders. Americans expect Obama to keep Muslims in line, by fear, not apologize for making them mad enough to blow up American families in Portland.

Meanwhile weakness in Korea, weakness with Iran, weakness with Pakistan, weakness with Turkey, there is a pattern here. The nation's first Muslim-born President, who was born and raised a Muslim and has noted in his book that he would "stand with the Muslims" against America, has little margin for error with the American public. The Wikileaks cables will certainly help end cooperation in Yemen against Al Qaeda. Where that organization has had some success in organizing itself to attack the US. Being able to act with impunity will simply recreate the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan that enabled the 9/11 plot to proceed without much risk. But it is with Americans seeing Presidential weakness, over and over again with Muslim threats, magnified by Jihad at home aimed at ordinary Americans and their families, that the Wikileaks revelations hit home hardest.

Obama is now as weak, as clueless, as useless, for most Americans abroad, as he is with the economy. His collapse has been stunning, an example of Affirmative Action promotion at its worst. The only way for Obama to recover, is to kick Muslim ass all over the planet, till threats go away. Something Obama constitutionally and spiritually is incapable of doing.


Anonymous said...

Don't you find it odd that Gulen, the pan Islamist billionaire that funded the collapse of secularist Turkey, is based in the US.

Sibel Edmonds showed the extent of the US involvement in the nuclear arms trade. Forget Korea, the Us is the linchpin.

Captain Atom said...

The leak also confirmed that O traded away the Poland/Czech interceptor bases for Russian cooperation against Iran. Bush worked hard for those, and it was a slap in the face to important future allies. And the Russkies just laughed all the way to the bank. 'Reset' button indeed.

I think it will go down as one of the most monumentally stupid blunders in history.

Anonymous said...

"automatically deport foreigners convicted of serious crimes (including murder and rape"

I hope that the deportation occurs after sentence is served.

"kicked terrorist's asses"

Can't kick when you're bowing to kiss.

Chief Seattle said...

One of the most interesting things is that the administration is still blaming the actual leaks on a private in Iraq. This is yet another "are they lying or just supremely incompetent" moment. Because if a soldier of Private rank has access to enormous databases of communications then it is a blunder of enormous proportions. On the other hand, maybe they're blaming to private for the actions of a "disgruntled" further up to avoid the embarrassing admission that disloyalty sufficient to steal a huge amount of classified material and make it public goes way up the ranks.

In the end, I doubt these leaks will hurt the U.S. much. It may actually improve it by spawning a newfound focus on secure communications. Because after all, if a private in Iraq can dump a huge database to a key drive and walk out, then our enemies can get ahold of private communications as well.

Nine-of-Diamonds said...

Whiskey, what do you make of the revelations about Hillary? It seems telling that she would devote so much time and energy to examine Cristina Kirchner's psychology, behavior, and health. Our Secretary of State's voyeurism seems to validate your past observations on how females view women in power - even if they are themselves women in power. Particularly females who are at least moderately attractive (Palin, O'Donnell, and now Kirchner). Not even Kirchner's leftist bent saved her from this absurd amount of scrutiny. Argentina is neither a threat to the US nor surprising in its anti-Americanism, which has a long history (pro-Nazi factions circa WWII, leftist & Peronist radicals throughout the 60's and 70's, etc). Kirchner's actions make sense in that context, and yet Clinton seems to have felt profoundly threatened by her.

There's no shortage of unstable male leaders in much more consequential geopolitical areas - think, for instance, of Hamid Karzai (violent mood swings, takes antidepressants, weeps over Afghanistan's state). And yet Clinton wasted who knows how much time and money on this psuedo-psychoanalysis/catfight - all, apparently, because of her personal insecurities. It's like "Mean Girls" & petty office politics on a global scale.

GT said...

Hillary's comments pale in comparison to those about “flabby old chap" Kim Jong-Il, Qaddafi's botox injections & his "voluptuous nurse", and the stuff about Berlusconi. Hilarious - world leaders & diplomats really are gossipy teenagers at heart.

The memo about Kirchner, which seems aimed at assessing whether Cristina is as, ah, tempestuous as her recently departed husband, isn't surprising. The psychodrama between those two paranoid fruitcakes had been playing itself out during their rotating presidencies and some understanding of their psychology/relationship was probably relevant to anyone seeking to deal with them.

I can't speak to the importance of Qadaffi's busty nurses, but at least it gave me a laugh.

Paul said...

Obama seems inept ...

Anonymous said...

You cannot stop Islam you can only hope to contain it.

Islam will conquer Europe as evidenced by white European girls wanting Muslim boyfriends.

Whiskey said...

Nine -- Yes Hillary seems obsessed with a marginal actor (Christina Kirchner) instead of those closer to home. For example, it would be a big change if say Cuba's regime collapsed and maybe 5 million people washed up on Florida shores. Yet the competency and hold on power of Raul Castro, about whom little is known, seems of no interest to Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Whiskey, I have an important question to ask you that’s been gnawing away at me for some time. You spend a lot of time dwelling on the ways beta men were royally screwed over by both feminism and the sexual revolution, how they were completely locked out of the sexual market place, only to have the left over scraps from the dominant, minority alpha males. I can understand that most men are beta, so it makes most sense to focus on them, but I want you to address the issue of omega males. Its goes with out saying that omega males, in this day and age get absolutely nothing, many live out their lives as involuntary celibates. But was it really that much better for them in before feminism and the sexual revolution? And when I say better I’m talking specifically in terms of getting female attention.

neoconsarecommies said...

Assange - white, not of jewish taint, believes in open politics akin to old Church Hall meetings, traced to ancient Celtic customs.

Neocons - jews, blacks, mexicans, gays, libertarians, shabbos goy race-blind closet case preachers and snake oil salesmen.

The neocons are asking for Assange's head.

Plan your sympathies accordingly. Me personally, I'll side with the white gentile that is being attacked by the Sanhedrin any day.

This Assange has said nothing of destroying the white race to my knowledge so he is not a "liberal-left Islamo-sympathizer marxist", wearing your hatred of the white race is the defining factor of today's liberalism.

Whiskey said...

Anon, yes, omega men today were yesterday's lesser betas.

Or put it this way: need for a dependable dual income provider and husband/father who would provide both earnings and companionship and good fathering skills to kids over-rode the desire for sexy domination. No welfare state, no independent earnings out-stripping in many cases men's , meant compromises.

There were relatively few men locked out of the marriage market. True these omega men did land beauties, but they did land women roughly equal in attractiveness levels. Women were generally free to choose, but the choosing was not unbounded, had real consequences, and contained great risk. Thus women would hedge away from sexiness towards reliability.

Whiskey said...

As for Assange, he has not and will not release secret information of the Chinese and Russians. While hurting US efforts to protect our interests.

Mindless labeling of "neocon" interests, such as cheap oil from the Persian Gulf, is as childish as the Green fantasy of unicorn farts and rainbows powering a modern industrial society.

The US runs on cheap energy. If the US imported oil at $40 a barrel instead of the current $87, the economy would start booming. The US would conversely fall into a deep and decades lasting recession if Oil peaked at say, $200 a barrel. The current recession dates from the oil shock of 2008 at $140 a barrel.

Assange hurts efforts to contain Iran's nukes (and thus their power to set Gulf oil prices by intimidation). Therefore, if you like driving your car, eating affordable food, having a job, earning money, and running your computer, he is your enemy. Your direct enemy.

It is reasonable to ask, where does his money to travel around the world, spill US secrets, run his website, and so on come from? Iran? China? Russia?

Anonymous said...

The administration and the MSM went into high gear against Assange and Wikileaks AFTER Assange announced the next batch of information could sink "a major US bank".
Thats when TBTB turned up the heat and went into full attack mode.
This is the sum of all fears for the elites, that the corrupt finacial system that supports them could come crashing down.

Chief Seattle said...

It is reasonable to ask, where does his money to travel around the world, spill US secrets, run his website, and so on come from? Iran? China? Russia?

The site takes donations and the founder himself usually stays with friends and supporters at his destination. When a guy like Rahm Emannuel makes $15 million in his year-off from politics doing "investment banking" and Barack Obama makes $3million a year from "publishing" do you really think that a foreign government is needed for the funds to run a piddly website?

Neocons are pissed because they like their foreign policy complicated - the better to inflate their self importance and fund their buddies in the MIC.