I wrote this poem for Poetic Asides:
Let’s talk about our friends
Let’s insult our friends
Let’s spy on our friends
Let’s offend every citizen
Offend every government
Of every ally we have
Let’s talk one way to this side
Another way to that side
So we can see off the side we don’t like
Let’s help China lose face
Muddy the Mid-East
Make the world a more dangerous place
Let’s forego the need to know
For the right to know all
While we’re at it
Let’s start the next war
I’d better ‘fess up front that, as well as being a Tory Royalist who loves the X Factor, I am also a Yankophile, though not to the extent that I think President Obama has any respect at all for this country: I still haven’t forgiven him for presenting our then-Prime Minister with a box of dvds on his official visit.
What I love about America is the way Americans of every type will say ‘This is what I am, and I don’t care what you think about it.’ That, and The West Wing.
The whole Wikileaks episode has me worried. I have no problem with the merely embarrassing stuff, like Prince Andrew’s rudeness and what certain members of the US government think of certain members of other governments; but I think such revelations must strain international relations, no matter what the official line. Only a fool would think that no other government is critical behind closed doors of the American government, but, like sausages and laws, I don’t really want to know details.
I do believe there are some things that the public don’t need to know, and what Saudi Arabia said to the States about Iran is one of them. It’s already a mess out there; let’s not make it worse. With freedom of speech comes responsibility, and I think the Wikileaks are, on the whole, irresponsible.
What do you think?