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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What the US really thinks of its allies and enemies

This is some of the more prurient material in the Wikileaks cables.
The documents in the article included nicknames for a number of world leaders. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was referred to as "Hitler," French President Nicolas Sarkozy as a "naked emperor," the German Chancellor was called Angela "Teflon" Merkel and Afghan President Hamid Karzai as "driven by paranoia." Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, an "Alpha Male," while President Dmitry Medvedev is "afraid, hesitant."
There was a candidate for the German parliament last year who did much better on Merkel.
The documents also say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il suffers from epilepsy, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddhafi's full-time nurse is a "hot blond," and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi loves "wild parties."
I didn't need cables to tell me about Berlusconi. This has been widely publicized.
The article also quotes the State Department as saying that US President Barack Obama "prefers to look East rather than West," and "has no feelings for Europe."
Well, the Brits certainly knew that. I wonder where that Churchill bust is these days.

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