Sunday, December 05, 2010

More from Charles Crawford on WikiLeaks

The former British ambassador to Poland says the cables released so far show that "US diplomats are doing a fine job."
A key point to remember in all this Wikileaks business is that what you are seeing blabbed out on the Web is only part of what has been sent - it is stupid to draw definitive policy conclusions from any one piece of work or even larger blocs of work.

In particular, if one or two cables contain some disobliging remarks on foreign people and their policies, so what?

One of the key strengths of the US/UK reporting style (unlike eg those of many EU partners) is that diplomats at the coal-face are able to give their personal comments.

But a comment is just that - the thought of the drafter, not a policy conclusion or even recommendation. Policies come from HQ taking myriad comments and working out what is best.