I’m certainly not an American citizen, The Charity work of Diplomats at Ben Casnocha’s blog looks somewhat into what the foreign service actually does. Certainly they are extremely clever people, and the headline grabbing Wikileaks is definitely bringing up certain important questions however not all the foreign diplomatic work is evil. This applies to all countries and not just the USA.
Ron Paul the Iconoclastic Liberatarian politician raised 9 questions in the House of Representatives:
Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?
Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?
Number 3: Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?
Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?
Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?
Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?
Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?
Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?
Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?
I hope that the US Executive will entertain those questions moreso than anything else, and I also hope that Julian Assange gets a fair trial for his rape allegations. I also wish that journalists wouldn’t keep saying that 250,000 cables were released, I believe the true figure is 1200 cables. Obviously a lot of these cables then include the ‘charity work’ described by Ben Casnocha.
Bottom Line: Not all American Diplomacy counts as Imperalism, unfortunately some of it does. The most interesting thing about these releases have been the fact that people have used the word ‘terrorist’ rather than thinking deeply about what American Foreign Policy should entail. Effectively this changes the equilibrium points in the grand ‘game’ that is diplomacy. I feel technology inevitable leads to this.