The Wikileaks fallout, the release of the diplomatic cables, is of course, damaging to the US. Diplomats will no longer be able to communicate in confidence, and will push mealy mouth cables endorsing motherhood and apple pie. Relations with critical but fragile Muslim regimes will be damaged (principally Yemen). Leaving a freer hand for Jihadis (which is the reason Julian Assange has released the cables in the first place). But it is domestically where the impact will be greatest. Obama looks weak and ineffective and stupid, in protecting America. Now, unavoidably, America knows Obama’s handling of foreign affairs has been even worse than his handling of the economy (itself disastrous).
The headline attention grabbers are that North Korea has sent Russian designed missiles capable of hitting Europe (and perhaps eventually America) to Iran. That Iran has serious internal problems. That Saudi Arabia is both funding Al Qaeda, and is so afraid of Iran’s nukes that it recommends that the US bomb Iran. The Saudis are more hawkish on Iran than the Israelis. Included is the assessment of Turkey that its leaders would wish to reconquer Spain for Muslims and take Vienna and Central Europe.
Americans can see the Saudis fears of Iran’s nukes, and pencil in $10 a gallon gas, once Iran has a complete nuclear system. As well as a direct threat to Europe and America. Obama has done nothing to stop both aggressive Iran and North Korea. The revelation that North Korea has sent nuclear capable missiles to Iran makes Americans angry and uneasy. They expect Obama to do something about it, and Obama has done nothing but flounce around on the world stage.
Obama’s embrace of Turkey, which has ambitions to reconquer Spain for Islam, and complete what the Sultans tried to do (conquer Vienna and Central Europe) looks now monumentally stupid. Turkey is a threat and an enemy, not an ally of America. Meanwhile in Europe, 53% of Swiss Voters approved a plan to automatically deport foreigners convicted of serious crimes (including murder and rape), despite a rival proposal that was less strong and threats from the EU and Human Rights commissions. As Obama has embraced Turkey’s desire to reconquer Europe for Islam, ordinary Europeans are sick of Islamic aggression and starting to get angry, voting for reasonable measures that allow only law-abiding foreigners, not a conquering army in being.
Other revelations from Wikileaks include China hacking into ordinary people’s information at Google and US companies and the Pentagon and pretty much every place else. As well as “Let’s Make a Deal” for Guantanomo Bay jihadis, the ineffectiveness of the Obama Adminstration in protecting America has been stunning for Americans to learn.
A global computer hacking effort: China’s Politburo directed the intrusion into Google’s computer systems in that country, a Chinese contact told the American Embassy in Beijing in January, one cable reported. The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and Internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government. They have broken into American government computers and those of Western allies, the Dalai Lama and American businesses since 2002, cables said.
Mixed records against terrorism: Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and the tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, a generous host to the American military for years, was the “worst in the region” in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cable last December. Qatar’s security service was “hesitant to act against known terrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,” the cable said.
Arms deliveries to militants: Cables describe the United States’ failing struggle to prevent Syria from supplying arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which has amassed a huge stockpile since its 2006 war with Israel. One week after President Bashar al-Assad promised a top State Department official that he would not send “new” arms to Hezbollah, the United States complained that it had information that Syria was providing increasingly sophisticated weapons to the group.
Clashes with Europe over human rights: American officials sharply warned Germany in 2007 not to enforce arrest warrants for Central Intelligence Agency officers involved in a bungled operation in which an innocent German citizen [who just happened to show up in the Balkans with lots of cash and weapons — Ed] with the same name as a suspected militant was mistakenly kidnapped and held for months in Afghanistan. A senior American diplomat told a German official “that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the U.S.”
Americans understand well that globalization plugs them into global instability and risks as well as cheap sneakers. The arrest of the young Somali man, age 19, a US citizen, who planned to murder hundreds in downtown Portland (including many children) at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, is part of globalization. By what right do Somalis belong in America? Why indeed should they be there? And given that the young man, a part time Oregon State student, has reportedly dreamed of being a jihadi since 15.
Americans are sick and tired of apologizing for America. They expect Obama to be a President who kicks terrorist behind, not apologizes to it. While they want threats to go away, that is not a desire for surrender. Americans are slowly realizing that Multiculturalism is a joke, as German Chancellor Merkel said recently. And that Muslim men in the US guarantees a constant, low level jihad. An arson fire at the Islamic Center/Mosque where the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber worshipped shows that even terminally PC Portland residents get mad when Muslims try to blow them and their kids up at a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Mohammed Osman Mohamud has certainly awakened even Portlanders. Americans expect Obama to keep Muslims in line, by fear, not apologize for making them mad enough to blow up American families in Portland.
Meanwhile weakness in Korea, weakness with Iran, weakness with Pakistan, weakness with Turkey, there is a pattern here. The nation’s first Muslim-born President, who was born and raised a Muslim and has noted in his book that he would “stand with the Muslims” against America, has little margin for error with the American public. The Wikileaks cables will certainly help end cooperation in Yemen against Al Qaeda. Where that organization has had some success in organizing itself to attack the US. Being able to act with impunity will simply recreate the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan that enabled the 9/11 plot to proceed without much risk. But it is with Americans seeing Presidential weakness, over and over again with Muslim threats, magnified by Jihad at home aimed at ordinary Americans and their families, that the Wikileaks revelations hit home hardest.
Obama is now as weak, as clueless, as useless, for most Americans abroad, as he is with the economy. His collapse has been stunning, an example of Affirmative Action promotion at its worst. The only way for Obama to recover, is to kick Muslim ass all over the planet, till threats go away. Something Obama constitutionally and spiritually is incapable of doing.