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« Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sujatha) | Main | Invincible till pushed?...(omar) »

January 21, 2011

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Yow. A lot here, and a worthy angle. Don't miss Glenn Greenwald's several posts on the subject. He's working hard to correct many of the errors assumed as fact in discussions of WikiLeaks. For example, it is slightly misleading to report that WL "began to release" the cables, as if they've done so unilaterally. In fact, they have provided copies to a handful of news outlets, who release the cables after vetting them. Thereafter, WL releases them publicly.

The foreign/domestic affairs distinction, like the public/private, is tenuous. To classify anti-Vietnam demonstration as exclusively pertaining to foreign affairs misses the significant cost borne domestically for the war. I'm afraid not even a sea change in opinion will amount to much. Opinion is free, worthless, malleable, fickle. Concrete change will require structural adjustment, beginning with an acknowledgment of the imperial pervasiveness of the United States, LLC. When the entire globe is America, all policy is domestic.

Agree with Dean, mostly. The entire globe is not yet America, though not for the want of trying. So Cyrus' distinction holds.

Dean-

I am an avid reader of Greenwald, and you are absolutely right that I've slightly misrepresented the Wikileaks by saying they began to release the cables rather than the news agencies. I'm not sure it really changes much however, as they've more than proven their willingness to release the same type of information without the cover of old media. You're also quite right that reality is a good deal more blurry then I make it out to be in the essay. I struggle with writing polemics that don't end up trampling on the gray that makes life so interesting.

Ruchira-

It's not as pervasive as in the U.S., but sadly enough, some Europeans suffer too from a tendency to see foreign policy in aristocratic and authoritarian terms. There is more grumbling here, yet in countries like Germany and France, where solid majorities oppose involvement in Afghanistan, it doesn't seem to translate to changes in policy.

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