Samson Simon Sharaf Thousand of cables released by WikiLeaks are undoubtedly authentic in content down to the originator indexes. These are mostly diplomatic dispatches between the various US embassies and the State Department commenting on diverse issues from interstate relations to nuclear proliferation, terrorism, electioneering in different countries and micro politics. It gives a rare peep into the State Department thinking, diplomatic behaviour and most: what it thinks of its allies and enemies. Much of the information shared in these cables is perhaps a duplication of the dossiers that the US intelligence agencies maintain, even on the slightest issues sexing and confirming the obvious and not the likely. This policy of fabricating and managing information has cost the US dearly in the past and would do so in the future. The individuals farming and tainting perceptions in this exclusively mastered domain of US game theory, rather than be held accountable, ultimately become icons of sorts. One such damaging cable was the lengthy Kennan telegram from Moscow. The World War II had ended enabling the US economy to revive itself after the crash. The issue was how to impose US economic policies on the world, so that America produces, and the world consumes in the reconstruction and subsequent phases. It was also electioneering time and both US presidential candidates did not wish to appear spineless before Stalin, who was opposing such a prevailing economic strategy. Finally, USA decided to use its military long arm that forced the world to endure a Cold War over many decades. Surely, the Kennan telegram was not an isolated diplomatic dispatch, but rather a confirmation of the prevailing perceptions in game theory that were merely confirmed. Similarly, the readers must be reminded that Late President Kennedy had resisted the Bay of Pigs invasion and was planning to thin out from Vietnam. After his assassination, the Gulf of Tonkin incident was fabricated and blown out of proportion to justify military adventurism. President Johnson, with Congressional approval, decided to make an all-out use of the US militarys long war. As classified documents now reveal, the incident never took place and was fabricated to justify the containment policy. Come 9/11 and OBL, CIAs own child gone berserk; or was it so? First, the US military forces pulverised Afghanistan with all types of munitions from precision guided munitions to the daisy cutters and then suddenly shifted to Iraq. The Iraqi dossiers were deliberately sexed up to destroy a developing country to the seams. Was this a silly strategic error or will events in Yemen ultimately unravel the true intents and purposes of this sideshow occupation? And now Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai appears closer to the diplomats than the military officials. He maintains that the British presence, as vanguard of the Obama surges, has been the most unprofessional and disruptive to the ends of policy. This is a clear statement to the effect that the US-ISAF operations in Afghanistan have stalled. Diplomatic dispatches suggest that with Pakistans assistance the situation is retrievable, while research papers mostly sponsored by the Department of Defence list Pakistan as a problem and not a solution. The US certainly wanted to compensate this lull through expanded drone strikes in Pakistan that was refused. It appears that because of this disconnect, the expansion of the war zone to Pakistan has been averted, but for how long. The two phases of WikiLeaks are contrasting and need analysis. The first pertained exclusively to the military operations, war diaries, war crimes and situation reports. The latest episode pertains to the US Foreign Office and Diplomatic Corps. Is it a tit for tat, or there is a third party exploiting this fault line? US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her briefings, maintain that during the administration of President Bush a decision was made to connect the diplomatic cables to the Pentagon, and that a fully cleared military intelligence officer was responsible for the leaks. She said: The process was undertaken in order to do a better job of whats called 'connecting the dots, because after 9/11, one of the principal criticisms of the government was that the information was stove piped, that the Defence Department knew things that the State Department didnt know, that the White House didnt know.So it was understandable for the Bush administration to say, 'we need to end the stove piping and figure out how to have greater situational awareness and sharing of information. WikiLeaks has confirmed what most opinion makers used to presume. The pursuance of the US foreign policy is the exclusive domain of the Department of Defence and Pentagon, who justifies the use of militarys long arm wherever they wish through sexed up information. The State Department with its foreign policy arm works somewhere in-between and on the periphery. The leaks provide a peepshow into this estranged and sometimes dysfunctional relationship. The whistleblowing website has also confirmed the hypocrisy of the enchanted US values of freedom, liberty and democracy. In practice, USA spies on political parties of very close allies like the UK and Germany, and even attempts to manipulate results. In countries like Pakistan, they enjoy the neo-colonialist right to choose, machinate, eliminate and reject. The leaks have also stripped Pakistan politicians to obscenity. They have now started looking beyond the army to their virtual benefactor as their saviour. It has also put the military leadership in sharp focus to either stabilise a rotten system or to let it rot in the name of American democracy and values. Simultaneously, WikiLeaks informs us that most of the information thus far released is pointed and there are indeed issues that have been held back. In case these leaks are selective then there is a case for espionage experts to evaluate the dynamics of this intelligence operation. Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski points out how this release is seeded with information that is surprisingly pointed. The expos also makes us think that besides being a turf war between the Pentagon and the Foreign Office, some crucial US interests have been compromised and hurt. Pro-US Arab allies are reflected as more anti-Iran than Israel. Relations with Germany, the UK and Spain need re-definition. Chinas influence in North Korea is undermined. The South American Summit in Argentina has become controversial. Definitely there is some country that stands to gain from this diplomatic and intelligence fiasco and Israeli footprints cannot be ignored. Pakistans intelligence agencies and research centres need to download each dispatch and then evaluate the information in entirety to formulate a transparent paper on the US designs and instruments of policy implementation. This paper should then form the basis of rewriting the national policy and strategy aimed to make Pakistan a truly independent, self-assured, self-reliant and sovereign country. This will be the new national narrative for Jinnahs Pakistan. The writer is a retired brigadier and a political economist. Email: