Julian Assange, Neocon?

If one judges the WikiLeaker by whose politics he vindicates in the most interesting revelations from the latest document dump, there is a case to be made that Julian Assange is pro-Israel. Writing in The Tablet, Lee Smith maintains:

 ...one might easily wonder if Assange isn't instead a clandestine agent of Dick Cheney and Bibi Netanyahu; whether his muckraking website isn't part of a Likudnik plot to provoke an attack on Iran; and if PFC Bradley Manning, who allegedly uploaded 250,000 classified documents to Wikileaks, is actually a Lee Harvey Oswald-like neocon patsy.

With all due apologies to Oliver Stone (and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Recep TayyipErdogan of Turkey), what the Wikileaks documents reveal is not a conspiracy of any kind but a scary and growing gap between the private assessments of American diplomats and allies in the Middle East and public statements made by U.S. government officials. The publication of these leaked cables is eerily reminiscent of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed a decade-long attempt by U.S. officials to distort and conceal unpalatable truths about the Vietnam War, and manipulate public opinion. The difference is that while the Pentagon Papers substantially vindicated the American left, the Wikileaks cable dump vindicates the right.

The public positions of the Obama administration, particularly the alleged linkage between settlement construction and Arab cooperation on Iran are revealed to be completely fictitious. The Arabs (other than Syria, Iran's puppet) are rightfully scared of the Shiite Persians getting nukes.

Smith makes the point that the domestic political implications of the administration's phony public pronouncements (including bullying Israel) are formidable. This one is well worth a read.
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