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An Australian news website concluded that “[the] WikiLeaks cables [are] the 9/11 of world diplomacy.”

Too, too true – same source, different vehicle and venue, all helping pave the road to yet another needless war in Israel’s service, this time against Iran. The gods weep — but not, presumably, Yahweh.


I have followed the unfolding teapot-tempest drama of the latest Wikileaks release with a certain bemusement, accompanied by a growing suspicion shared with others that all is not as it seems with these supposed revelations. But my initial impression, based of course on what I am reading in the mainstream and alternative media and not in the cables themselves, is that it is surprising how little damaging material is there about much of the world. Secretary Clinton cannot be happy at having the UN people know what she told her people there to do, of course, and there is a great deal to whet assorted salacious appetites. More substantive issues will doubtless emerge, but I expect most if not all to be embarrassing rather than destructive.

The Cables

Perhaps the principal reason for this largely titillating, trivial aspect of so many of the released cables is the cables themselves. It is worth understanding that in the US government, even material that is taken from newspapers and clipped together can end up being classified “Secret” or “Confidential.”  Really important or sensitive material (as in truly “national security” sensitive) is classified “Top Secret” or above.

From what the press is reporting about this Wikileaks “dump,” perhaps 10% are Secret or Confidential, the rest Unclassified, and nothing is Top Secret or above. This reflects the VERY low-level diplomatic “gossip column” character of much of what has been released and discussed in the media so far. But I suspect the general reaction of politicians and diplomats everywhere, all of whom send the same type of cables about others, will be a blend of public umbrage and private amusement, coupled with overtures to Ukraine for nursing support.

The Middle East Exception

The one striking exception in all of this global tour de farce <sic.> is the Middle East. Certainly, even aside from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s fulsome praise of Binyamin Netanyahu, what is said and what is not represent the message Israel and its partisans in the US Government (itself heavily Zionist and “Israel First” in orientation) want the world to hear, believe and accept. The message coming across in the US diplomatic cables could have been designed and drafted by Avigdor Lieberman, and who knows? It may have been….

The overt theme in the Middle East cables consists of a blend of attacks on prominent political figures in Turkey and Iran, coupled with critical and disparaging commentaries about their actual or alleged policies and ambitions. One might think that the architects of the Ottoman and Persian Empires in their times of splendor were simultaneously on the move again, with everything between them (except poor, brave, steadfast and enduring Israel, of course) trembling in fear and awe.

Complimenting this is a region-wide belief attributed to many Arab leaders of the need for stronger action, including military strikes, to thwart Iran’s regional and especially nuclear ambitions — precisely what Israel has been saying all along. Now, this may be true. I know, for example, that the Sunni leadership in many of those countries have their own concerns about Iran, just as Iran’s current leadership have with some of them.

But at least two things cause me to question this supposed thesis. One is the odd attribution in at least one of the cables to an Arab leader of a remark on Iran being an “existential threat.” Yet no one except Israel and its proponents refer to any other country as an “existential threat” to anyone, suggesting quite clearly that either some of the released cables regarding Iran are forgeries, or they were deliberately cast in terms to create an impression that Arab leaders really want the US and/or Israel to attack Iran, true or not.

And the Israeli Exception

The other part of the covert theme is the apparent absence of anything tough on Israel, which means that anything of the sort is Top Secret or better, was excised from the cables that were released, or simply doesn’t matter at all to anyone in or out of the Middle East. The Arab nations for many years have feared a real nuclear threat from Israel, not a fabricated threat by Iran, but nothing like that comes across, despite 60-plus years of hostility from most to Israel and its ambitions.

Far more significant to me is the utter lack to date of scathing commentaries on Israel and its policies, leadership and actions from SOMEWHERE in the world. Even if Arab leaders felt there was no point in doing so with the Americans, most others would not feel so constrained. Something surely must have come to the attention of the US ambassadors to (e.g.) Turkey, South Africa, Brazil and Ireland, just to name a few of the many who have bitterly condemned Israel, and especially the disgusting duo of Netanyahu and Lieberman to say nothing of their predecessors, for what they have done to Palestine and the Lebanon; for Operation Cast Lead; for the settlements; for flagrant violations of UN Resolutions and the murder of UN officials; for Israel’s hostility to the Goldstone Report; for the blockade; for land expropriation; and for sheer thuggery and brutality.

Surely something so scathing would have been communicated back to Washington, alongside which Iran and its president would come off smelling like several bouquets of roses — slightly wilted roses, perhaps, but vastly better than the Israeli stinkpot.

Reprise

But nothing like that is there, or at least has yet surfaced, which makes me increasingly inclined to see this as just another game of rhetorical smoke and mirrors, with a lot of real cables and real victims (like the poor US soldier who presumably gave Assange at least some of the cables), but with many or most of the Middle East cables “cooked” if not fabricated outright.

So these, at least, are probably the handiwork of Israeli-Americans or just Israelis putting their own spin on things, included in a mass of otherwise legitimate cables as camouflage and for validation. An Australian news website concluded that “[the] WikiLeaks cables [are] the 9/11 of world diplomacy.” Too, too true – same source, different vehicle and venue, all helping pave the road to yet another needless war in Israel’s service, this time against Iran. The gods weep — but not, presumably, Yahweh.

Alan Sabrosky (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a writer and consultant specializing in national and international security affairs. In December 1988, he received the Superior Civilian Service Award after more than five years of service at the U.S. Army War College as Director of Studies, Strategic Studies Institute, and holder of the General of the Army Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He can be reached at: docbrosk@comcast.net.

9 Comments

  1. Ben on the 08. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    Wikileaks is Mossad propaganda for the US to continue endless Wars for Israel, it all started nearly a decade ago under a false flag attack.
    9/11 and Israel, here:
    http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526

  2. Benjamin on the 08. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    THESE ARE THE LEAKED CABLES OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT!

    The State Department supports Israel. You are surprised their internal communications also support Israel?

    Really?

    You are surprised that ambassadors only say things they think will help their careers, or that diplomats are diplomatic in not saying certain things?

    Really?

  3. Benjamin on the 08. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    Also, I find it hard to fathom people who say that the leaked Afghan and Iraq cables are forgeries because they are full of paranoia about Iran.

    Yes, the military is full of paranoia about Iran, the Catholic Church is full of paranoia about sex, Weight Watchers is full of paranoia about calories, etc.

  4. nikky_h on the 09. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    the no mention of ..

    a) Isreal’s illegal attack on the freedom fotilla ( and the murder of 8 turkish , 1 turkish/americain citizens onboard)… and..

    b) Isreal’s assasination of the hamas commander in dubai..

    makes me very skepitcal about these leaks.. the’ve been clearly censored before being handed to wikileaks..

    Thanks alan… I’m just perplexed why the mainsteam media can’t highlight these irregularities… Its so obvious if you’ve have any knowledge of the middle east..

    regards..nikky

  5. Michael J Volz on the 09. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    Thanks Dr Sabrosky!

    Mike

  6. Ross on the 09. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    Wikileaks has revealed in Aust that Labor powerbroker, Mark Arbib was busily dobbing in the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd into US intelligence sources.Arbib was laying Rudds flaws bare.Rudd wanted the US to take a more aggressive stance towards China.The man is a delusional control freak and is the current foreign minister for our country.

    What it does show in the West, is that our leaders are impotent,and only grovel at the fringes of power in the hope of gaining a fleeting headline in the corporate press.Ego stroking is the highest order of Governance our pollies can achieve.They see nothing,know nothing and do nothing.Sgt Shultz would be beaming with approval.

    I think Israel wants a change of Govt from Labor to Liberal,since the Liberal Party has been traditionally more pro-war.

  7. wendy campbell on the 12. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    Nikky,
    Surely you must know by now who dominates our mainstream media! It’s the Israeli-Americans aka Zionist Jewish Americans with dual loyalties, the stronger one being for IsraHELL in general.
    Good read about it is Joel Stein’s article in the LA Times, “Who Rules US Media? C’mon!” Everyone knows this.
    W

  8. Earlaiman on the 12. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    …inclined to see this as just another game of rhetorical smoke and mirrors, with a lot of real cables and real victims (like the poor US soldier who presumably gave Assange at least some of the cables), but with many or most of the Middle East cables “cooked” if not fabricated outright.

    Now… that is what I call “Intelligent” analysis!

    Good thinking… good work, Alan.

    Earlaiman

  9. thomas ancrum moore on the 13. Dec, 2010 remarked #

    I’m not buying the WIKILEAKS is a Mossad Trojan Horse..just yet..sorry. But I’m not buying the WIKIKEAKS story whole cloth either…..

    There HAVE been some leaks very damaging to Israel and America’s interests there in that area….

    “Another series from Beirut in 2008 shows Lebanese Defense Minister Elias al-Murr telling U.S. diplomats, in a message he implied they should pass on to Israeli officials, that the Lebanese military would not resist an Israeli invasion so long as the Israeli forces abided by certain conditions. Murr, apparently hoping that an Israeli invasion would destroy much of the Hezbollah insurgency and the communities in Lebanon’s South that support it, promised an Israeli invasion would go unchallenged as long as it did not pass certain physical boundaries and did not bomb Christian communities. A U.S. embassy official wrote, “Murr is trying to ascertain how long an offensive would be required to clean out Hizballah in the Beka’a.” Murr added that he had discussed the plan with then-Military Commandant Michel Sleiman, who has since become the President of Lebanon. The small but vibrant community of Middle East-based, English-language Arab bloggers have expressed outrage at Murr and Sleiman’s apparent invitation, predicting it will bring political disaster and possibly worse.”

    The then-Military Commandant Michel Sleiman, now the current president of Lebanon conspiring with the Israelis to make war on HIS country and KILL his countrymen plus DESTROY the infrastructure…. THROUGH..!! the American Ambassador Some would call that political Dynamite!!

    So,I think it’s way too soon to judge.. The bombs are there though…. Not everyone is going to be president when the news of their treason leaks out

    Reading that Assange spoke well of Netanyahu certainly gives me the feeling of a Rahm moment. I am referring to my reaction to the news of “O’s” first pick..

    When I read the Alantic article that contains the account of the leaked cables… I immediately wemnt to the site of the Star, Lebanon’s paper of record…Nothing was there that I could find…if there, well hidden.. AND the paper that published the “cables” was taken down by an [DDS] attack..

    PS.. Al Akbar does not sound like it is apt to be friendly to Israel and or the U.S.

    And as far as damage…. Here is what the conspirators have to say about the affair…….

    “Defense Minister Elias Murr called Thursday for the trial of anyone who labeled him a traitor after he was implicated in WikiLeaks revelations.

    “Who will try those who are accusing other Lebanese of treason only because they hold a different opinion?” Murr asked in a statement, in reference to some MPs and media outlets who had accused him of treason.

    A diplomatic cable obtained by whistle blowing website WikiLeaks alleges Murr advised US officials how to ensure a fresh Israeli onslaught on Lebanon would weaken Hizbullah while protecting the Lebanese Army and civilian Christian areas.

    He vowed not to attend a Cabinet meeting until action was taken against those who leveled accusations of treachery at him. “I refuse to attend any Cabinet session that will not address the issue of trying the ones who are continually threatening violence and civil strife,” Murr said.

    “This issue must be added to the [Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)] ‘false witnesses’ issue.”

    Is there something I’m missing? Collaberating with a foreign power to ATTACK the country in which you hold high office…….. Oh yeah… “a different opinion”

    I would like to hear what the major players there have to say about WIKILEAKS & the cables. I especially would like to hear what Hassan Nasrallah has to say, though I have a feeling that he won’t be saying much. He’s a more action less talk type of guy I think…
    It wasn’t rape, it was a difference of opinion….. I wanted to have sex and she didn’t.. I just did what I wanted despite her opinion….

    I would like to hear what the major players there have to say about WIKILEAKS & the cables. I especially would like to hear what Hassan Nasrallah has to say, thougjh I have a feeling that he won’t be saying much. He’s a more action less talk type of guy I think…

    I’m still trying to find Thomas Ancrum Moore…tgw@37.com

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