Wikileaks released another 250,000 classified documents over the weekend, this time from the Department of State. Since the details concern the everyday workings of
- Saudi King Abdullah and other Gulf potentates have been exhorting
the White Houseto attack . The Israelis have already seized this opportunity to justify their own pressure campaign on Iran . Washington
- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is just like Hitler.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered the collection of biometrics and other intelligence on foreign diplomats working at the UN in
. New York teeters on the brink of chaos and its nuclear arsenal isn’t fully secure (Surprise!). Pakistan views the friendship between Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin with deep suspicion, and wants tabs kept on their business ties. Clinton
- Putin is an alpha dog, and
a “virtual mafia state”. It is well known the Kremlin uses mob assets overseas for its own purposes, but this allegation is especially rich coming from the United States of Goldman Sachs. Russia
While there are doubtless many interesting details to be sifted through in this batch, such as
Prominent, but perhaps not unexpected, in the documents is the gossipy and frivolous tone of their content. Diplomatic telegrams have long relayed these sorts of minutiae, though now we have the generation raised on E! Television, Bravo and TMZ composing them.
What’s been unveiled isn’t so much the stuff of espionage novels as People Magazine for diplomats and policymakers. So Russian President Dmitry Medvedev plays Robin to Putin’s Batman, Berlusconi stays up too late with the ladies, and Azeri leader Ilham Aliev’s wife has received multiple facelifts. The secrets exposed by the leak pale in comparison to the utter vapidity and decadence of the class at the helm of the self-proclaimed “last, best hope for mankind”.