Egg on our face

Nov 282010
Authors: Collegian Editorial Board

Wikileaks’ latest disclosure of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables has created yet another embarrassing situation for the American government.
This release follows earlier leaks including one video of a U.S. military strike that killed 12 Iraqi civilians and another leak of 400,000 classified documents related to the Iraq War.

The latest batch of documents highlights the shadowy world of American diplomacy, with the cables revealing sensitive information about the inner workings of the War on Terror.

The documents also revealed many unseemly comments by our diplomats that disparaged and mocked other nation’s governments and diplomats. Among the insulted were crucial U.S. allies such as Germany.

It’s clear that this Wikileaks disclosure will harm U.S. interests in the short term. Our reputation will take another hit around the world and we may lose the trust of key allies.
While many nations’ diplomats surely make similar comments, there’s still egg on our face since our dirty laundry has been now shown to the world.

That said, Wikileaks serves an important function in offering these disclosures. While they may harm the U.S. in the short term, in the long term, America can learn from these embarrassing diplomatic crises.

The United States has acted for many years as an oblivious superpower that treats the rest of the world with little respect or prudence.

In a world where even international bodies such as the United Nations are hamstrung in the face of U.S. dominance, Wikileaks serves as an essential check on American power.

Ultimately, we, as American voters, can be the most effective force in limiting our nations at-times overaggressive foreign policy. And voters need to know the unpleasant facts that Wikileaks provides to make informed choices.

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