I recently received an email from a conservatively inclined friend containing the article below. I do not know where it was initially published or where he stumbled across it, but it certainly set me off. It was written by Doug Patton who describes himself as a recovered speechwriter. After a bit of searching I discovered that Mr. Patton is a freelance columnist who has served as a political speechwriter and public policy adviser. His weekly columns are published in newspapers and Internet web sites, including The Conservative Voice and GOPUSA.com, where he is a senior writer and state editor. I contacted Mr. Patton and asked him if he wrote the article and he promptly replied that he did, and he gave me permission to reprint it here as long as I sent him a link to the site. Up front I am going to say that I don’t agree with what he says in the article, but I will save my thoughts on the matter until after you’ve had a chance to read it.
Perhaps WikiLeaks Has Done Us a Favor
By Doug Patton
December 6, 2010
The more that dribbles out of the whole WikiLeaks fiasco, the more I’m beginning to wonder if that little Tinkerbell character, Julian Assange, and his slimy “leakers” may have not done us all a favor.
First, it was revealed that the traitor who gave Assange most of the highly classified materials he has been spewing out for the last few months was a gay Army private named Bradley Manning. It seems that Manning was unhappy about the U.S. military’s policy of “don’t make us deal with your sexual preferences,” (otherwise known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), so he betrayed his country.
This fact was exposed by my all-time favorite snarky author/columnist, Ann Coulter, who also contends that the document dump of thousands of pages of secret information has done untold damage to our national security interests. She’s right, of course, but as I said, there may be a silver lining to this otherwise dark cloud.
First, the fact is that the sordid tale of Bradley Manning shows us the lengths to which some disturbed people will go to alter a policy they think is “unfair.” What Manning did is as illogical as murdering an abortionist in order to save lives. Committing treason against one’s own country is at least as heinous as cold-blooded murder.
PFC Bradley Manning should be tried and, if found guilty, executed for his crimes. But he probably will not be, because the United States of America has no stomach for such things anymore. (Technically, our “leaders” have no stomach for it; the public would sanction it in a New York minute.)
The second layer of that silver lining is the most recent revelation. It seems that WikiLeaks has dumped a whole boatload of documents on the web that expose the sham of global warming. “WikiLeaks Cables Reveal How U.S. Manipulated Climate Accord” reads the headline. The story continues: “Embassy dispatches show America used spying, threats and promises of aid to get support for Copenhagen accord.”
As reported in The Guardian, the U.S. diplomatic “cables” published by Assange and his merry band of cyber-terrorists reveal how the U.S. (under Obama) sought dirt on nations opposed to its approach to tackling global warming. It also tells how financial aid was used to gain political backing, and how the U.S. carried out a secret global diplomatic offensive to overwhelm opposition to the controversial Copenhagen accord, the unofficial document that emerged from the ruins of the disastrous Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009.
What does a country have to do these days to sell Al Gore’s lie all around the world, anyway? Quite a bit, it turns out. Has anyone seen Al lately? Does anyone care?
Then there is the specter Assange and his ilk turning against Barack Obama. What we are witnessing is the worldwide Left doing what it does best: hating America. It really is irrelevant to them who is running this country. They still hate it. It matters little to them that Obama is basically one of them. Any vestige of capitalism, any shred of human freedom, any representation of the decency that is the United States, incurs their hatred. They cannot help themselves. We exist, therefore they hate us.
Finally, this whole ugly mess may give our shackled government goobers the guts they need to repeal the ridiculous law that says the CIA can’t put a bullet in the head of someone like Julian Assange.
All these disturbing revelations should give Americans pause to reflect on what it is that we have been, what we have become, and ultimately, what we will be. WikiLeaks is a tool being used in an effort to destroy America and the West, and its founder has overplayed his hand in an attempt to do so.
© 2010 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself much more often than not. Now working as a freelance writer, his weekly columns of sage political analysis are published the world over by legions of discerning bloggers, courageous webmasters and open-minded newspaper editors. Astute supporters and inane detractors alike are encouraged to e-mail him with their pithy comments at email@example.com.
When Barack Obama promised to fix what was wrong with American government I didn’t believe him. When he claimed to be a patriotic American citizen and a Christian, I didn’t believe him. After he was elected to office and said that giving trillions of our tax dollars to the incompetent, mismanaged banks and investment companies would fix our economic problems I didn’t believe him and if Barack Obama came up to me on a bright sunny day in August out in the middle of the Mohave desert and told me it was warm I would check a thermometer to see if he was lying to me because most of what he has said so far has not been true. The sad truth is that I know that Barack Obama, the number one representative of my nation and of the United States government is a pathological liar, a con-artist, a Marxist and a manipulator and I can’t believe anything he says.
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has less character and integrity than Barack Obama and the same is true for the United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, United States Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden and Bob Gates, Secretary of Defense. Inasmuch as this is just about everyone in the decision making pecking order for this country, then I suppose that what I am really saying here is that the United States government is, in my opinion, full of shit.
Bearing this in mind, it should be fairly easy to understand why when Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama say that the publication of the U.S. Embassy cables by Wikileaks is a terrible thing for America, devastating to our foreign relations and likely to get innocent people killed all over the planet, I have a tough time getting too excited. If anything the embassy cables are more apt to get American citizens upset with their government than they are to upset the leaders of foreign governments who are, more likely than not, only cooperating with the U.S. for the foreign aid we give them.
The American news media is full of dire predictions about the United States economy and every day we read how the national deficit is entirely out of control, services to the American public are being cut right and left, the government will be forced to borrow as much as $700 billion from the Republic of China before much longer and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are telling us that tax increases are necessary if we want to avoid exacerbating the problems. Despite these serious financial problems, the United States government is constantly increasing the amount of money set aside every year for foreign aid. U.S. foreign aid reached $104.4 billion in 2005 and it has increased steadily from that point over the last five years. While most American citizens don’t make the connection between their tax dollars and U.S. foreign aid, those that do tend to believe that we must be getting something out of all the money we’ve spent, however, the embassy communications published by Wikileaks portray an entirely different story than what our government officials would have us believe.
Around one third of all U.S. aid goes Israel and Egypt and the majority of that money is used for armament. Given the fact that both of these countries are strong American allies actively fighting the terrorist movement among Islamic fundamentalists, it can be assumed that we are actually getting something worthwhile for the money spent, and there is no evidence that any of the money is being siphoned off to enrich the accounts of government officials at the expense of the American tax payers.
We are supplying large sums of the American tax payers money to Bolivia, Peru, Columbia and Mexico to subsidize their efforts against the cultivation, processing and eventual smuggling of illegal drugs. If it were not for the Wikileaks cables we would not know that the American taxpayer subsidized U.S financial assistance being given to Mexico for their fight against the drug cartels is probably ending up in someone’s pocket due to Mexico’s widespread official corruption or that the incompetence of Mexican officials in the fight against the drug cartels is made evident by the fact that there is little, if any communication between the local law enforcement agencies, the government and the military, all of whom are allegedly working on the country’s problems with the cartels.
From the embassy communications coming out of Bogota there is every reason to believe that the fight against illegal drugs and the Columbian governments fight against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are synonymous, and that our foreign aid to Columbia is being used to further that government’s heavy handed abuse of its citizens human rights including the widespread practice of extrajudicial executions by the Columbian military. This problem seems to be enhanced by the fact that president Uribe views the military’s success in terms of the number of people killed. President Uribe’s focus on the reduction of coca production appears secondary to his desire to kill off the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, but Uribe is a staunch ally of the U.S. against Venezuela’s communist dictator, and his anti-drug efforts are slightly more productive than those of the Afghan government so we are willing to overlook his bloodthirsty tendencies and continue supporting him with nearly $350 million American tax dollars every year regardless of what he does with the money. Despite the Columbian government’s appreciation for American money it did not stop them from issuing Columbian civil documents and passports to as many as 350 Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinian, Jordanian, Venezuelan, and Cuban nationals who may then have used those documents to obtain U.S. travel visas and fraudulently enter the United States as Columbian citizens.
The Wikileaks cables from Bolivia describe a government that verbally supports the U.S. drug war, thanks to the billions of U.S. dollars given to them in foreign aid but is at a loss to explain the anti-U.S. rhetoric, gratuitous insults towards the United States, or the Bolivian government agency’s assertions that the American DEA and other groups have committed human rights abuses in that country. Despite the decades of assistance already given to Bolivia, purportedly for their use in the fight against illegal drugs, that nation’s counter-narcotics policies have never been fully formulated and their commitment to U.S. drug interdiction efforts are seriously lacking. Despite threats to shut off the flow of U.S. tax payer funded multi-million dollar assistance programs, the government of Bolivia remains less than fully compliant and it appears that they are only willing to do what is minimally required to keep the American tax dollars flowing, and for all we know the money that is not being pocketed by corrupt government officials may be going to enhance the development of drug smuggling technology.
The billions of American tax dollars used to supply foreign aid to African nations make up what is probably the single biggest wasted effort ever in the history of U.S. foreign relations. The majority of this money goes directly into the pockets of corrupt government officials and what is left over is used to purchase the arms and ammunition that are so enthusiastically employed by Africa’s numerous genocidal military groups to slaughter off great portions of the civilian population. The entire continent of Africa is rapidly sinking into a cesspool of radical Islamic fundamentalism and the foreign aid we send over there, like the foreign aid we send to South American countries and to most of the Middle East including Afghanistan and Iraq is only adding to the deterioration. If we are going to send the tax dollars of American citizens to help with the development of a foreign country then we should know the details of the exchange, especially when there are so many things here in the United States that are falling apart due to the lack of funds. Our government should certainly not be hiding evidence of foreign government corruption, criminal activity and civil rights abuses by foreign leaders behind a veil of secrecy when it is our money that is supporting them.
Personally I think that Bradley Manning’s sexual preference is slightly less relevant to this story than whether Julian Assange is a nice guy or a complete asshole. Instead of debating about what new and creative tortures we can dream up for them maybe we should be looking at the outrageous steps our government has taken in their futile effort to put the cat back into the bag, and after looking at a few of those secret cables we might want to consider whether or not that is something we even want to waste our time on when we could be looking at all the lies our government has been telling us since 1960.
We can get our backs up, raise our flags, sing the national anthem and nuke Switzerland in a frenzy or patriotic rapture. We can piss and moan about the U.S. hating European liberal commie fags till the cows come home and Hell freezes solid but for all the self-righteous anger we can muster, the fact remains that we’ve been caught red-handed with our dick in the chicken and no amount of bluster, bravado or bloviating bullshit is going to erase the embarrassment we feel today for getting caught doing what is obviously and egregiously wrong.
Is the silver lining around this black cloud really the idea that our “shackled government goobers” might finally grow some balls and put a bullet in the head of someone like Julian Assange as this Patton character says, or is it the fact that we can no longer hide behind our self-righteous arrogance and must now try to figure out some way to restore credibility to our government, and not just to the world but to ourselves. Those cables are good evidence that the U.S. government has been feeding the citizens of this country a line of crap on virtually every fundamental issue of great importance for the last fifty years and the American news media has played an active part in the entire charade. Consider the implications of that. Essentially it means that everything we have read and studied about the American government that was published in the last half century is at best questionable. How can anyone tell what is true and what isn’t? If the government lies about one thing what is to keep them from lying about another? If this vision of Obama and his minions playing Bop The Gopher with Wikileaks weren’t so funny this would all be terribly depressing.
As far as I’m concerned this country has been going down the wrong track for decades and if Wikileaks has done anything they have merely proven that my suspicion was well founded. We should take up a collection to buy them and the queer soldier that stole the documents a big shiny medal, and then we should start working on ways to get this government of ours back on the right track. I don’t really care how the information got out, but I am glad that it did because, despite the problems it might cause, it is all information that the American people have a right to know and it is information that should have been made available to us all along. The biggest problem I have with this entire affair is not that the information was released by foreign liberals with dubious intention, but that so many of our so-called political representatives and American citizens are too busy screaming for somebody’s head on a platter to realize that “we the people” are the primary victim and the heads we should be screaming for are those of our top government officials. It is entirely obvious that the problems we face today as American citizens didn’t simply appear out of nowhere right after Barack Obama took office. He hasn’t done anything to fix the problems and has probably made them a lot worse but they didn’t begin with him. Before we get psyched up and replace all the Democrats with Republicans we might want to consider the fact that many of the serious issues we face began with the Republicans and neither of the two primary political parties in this country seems to be willing to work for the benefit of the American people. Shouldn’t the United States and the American people come first? As far as Wikileaks is concerned, why would we shoot the messenger for opening our eyes? We need more like them, not less. The biggest problem we face today is not our own embarrassment in the face of these leaks but where do we, as a people, go from here?
“I’m on the pavement thinkin’ ’bout the goverment….
…the pump don’t work cause the vandals stole the handles.”
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues