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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brain Leakage

The completely unchecked hubris being vomited from Sarah Palin is truly something to marvel at.

Here ghostwriter took to Twitter immediately after the WikiLeaks document drop and made Palin look like a fool in under 140 characters:

Inexplicable: I recently won in court to stop my book "America by Heart" from being leaked,but US Govt can't stop Wikileaks' treasonous act?

Too bad that that doesn't make even the slightest bit of sense. Not because it's equating Palin's hardbound idiotic drivel with "classified" cables from world embassies is laughably preposterous - and it is - but because excerpts from her book WERE leaked and they were still available across many corners of the internet right up to when the book was released.

But Palin's "tweet" was only the start, as her writing staff decided to pen a longer op-ed piece that took the standard route of over-simplification that Palin and her mouth-agape followers crave.

We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe. However, the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called WikiLeaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration's incompetent handling of this whole fiasco.

First and foremost, what steps were taken to stop WikiLeaks director Julian Assange from distributing this highly sensitive classified material especially after he had already published material not once but twice in the previous months? Assange is not a "journalist," any more than the "editor" of Al Qaeda's new English-language magazine Inspire is a "journalist." He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands. His past posting of classified documents revealed the identity of more than 100 Afghan sources to the Taliban. Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?

What, if any, diplomatic pressure was brought to bear on NATO, EU, and other allies to disrupt WikiLeaks' technical infrastructure? Did we use all the cyber-tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle WikiLeaks? Were individuals working for WikiLeaks on these document leaks investigated? Shouldn't they at least have had their financial assets frozen just as we do to individuals who provide material support for terrorist organizations?

Exit question: Since when are conservatives concerned with the integrity of diplomacy? They don't seem to understand how it works, or feel the need to equate diplomacy with coddling to terrorists.

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