I hate when politicians try to shoot the messenger rather than address the message. Sure, it's pretty clearly illegal in the US to distribute this information. However, once Assange made it "public", EVERY SINGLE NEWS ORGANIZATION did the same thing in summarizing what the documents said. They read it, and distributed summaries of the information contained in the documents. Where are the criminal charges for them?
Instead, I want the president of my country to come with answers to questions like:
- When Pakistan is substantially aiding our enemies, and we aren't going to fight Pakistan, how can we win the war?
- When Pakistan is substantially aiding our enemies, why are we giving Pakistan aid money?
- Why are we pursuing the status quo when the status quo isn't working?
- Why would one of our own soldiers give up this information?
I sincerely hope the answer isn't "We need to keep our military forces field-trained, and Afghanistan is the best place to do it. Plus, we need to justify military spending." Or "I don't know, but I don't know how to get out of this war, and no one else does either."
Just like we didn't meaningfully respond to the message that the Muslim world largely dislikes the US for actual reasons (primarily economic) and not just because we don't follow their religion after 9/11. Instead of giving them reasons to like us, we legitimize the hate.