Outrage is an easy emotion to pretend.
Still, we’ve seldom heard as much manufactured outrage before as we’ve heard over the latest release of documents by Wikileaks.
They’re serious criminals, says Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. They’ve got blood on their hands, adds Senator Lindsay Graham. They should be branded an international terrorist organization, trumpets Congressman Peter King.
I’ve read many pages of excerpts from the 250,000 pages of State Department memos and emails released by WikiLeaks. And as of yet, I’ve seen nothing that would cause us serious harm or damage.
Most of it is stuff we already knew: like the fact that North Korea had supplied Iran with long-range missiles. Or that the government of Afghanistan is filled with corruption.
What the State Department seems most worried about is the personal stuff: catty comments made about Moammar Kaddafi, Hamid Karzai, Nicolas Sarkozy, or Vladimir Putin.
Which may embarrass the State Department, but which hardly undermine our national security. And, besides, imagine what they say about us!
Bottom line is this: There are too many government secrets. And they’re never airtight, anyway. There will always be leaks. And if Wikileaks doesn’t publish them, somebody else will.
That’s my parting shot for today.