On Wikileaks, Iran, and the U.S.’s damage from Cablegate
theonlyplfrmat says: Two - Oh yeah. Saudi Arabia - and the rest of the Sunnis in the Middle East - fear a strong Iran. The Saudis even not-so-secretly authorized Israel to use their airspace in order to bomb Iran.
» We say: Damn right, though let’s face it; most countries aren’t pulling for a strong Iran right now. Iran and North Korea have been a much larger diplomatic threat than Iraq ever was to us, but somehow the U.S. and United Nations have allowed both countries to plainly ratchet things up with relatively few limits, while we spent seven years in Iraq we didn’t need to. I think in a lot of ways, I agree with your earlier reblog of my post, but I think in some others, it’s going to be harder for the U.S. to ensure the trust of other countries, especially considering the strong interventionist role we’ve taken in the last fifty years. I liken the effect to that of Windows getting hit by a large-scale virus; sure, most everyone will still rely on Microsoft products because they’re already locked-in, but if they’re having security issues, it’s the equivalent of a major PR hit.