Blinken Issues Warning to State Department on Leaks

( – There are times when all three branches of government need to work in secrecy while crafting an official policy so that all points of view are heard even if they disagree with the final decision. A prime example of what happens when someone breaches the trust placed in them was seen when a preliminary copy of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned the part of Roe v. Wade that set a doctrine of federal protection on abortion, was made public.

Israel’s military response to the unprovoked attack out of the Gaza Strip by the Islamic Republic of Iran terrorist proxy group Hamas is another divisive topic that has caused friction within the ranks in Washington, DC, particularly in the State Department. There have been several instances of an insider providing classified or confidential materials to the press in apparent attempts to sway public opinion and perhaps put pressure upon President Joe Biden’s administration to distance itself from America’s biggest ally in the Middle East.

Put a Plug in the Dike

It has been reported that Secretary of State Antony Blinken gathered his top aides together and instructed them to go out and tell their people to put a stop to the flood in no uncertain terms. And a great dollop of irony surrounds just how that information came to be fodder for the masses.

News outlet POLITICO disclosed that Blinken’s message, which was delivered in a closed-door meeting, got to the press because “[o]ne of the State officials [was] granted anonymity to detail yet another private discussion.” Several media outlets have reported that State Department spokesman Matthew Miller stated that the Secretary made it abundantly clear that these leaks are making it very difficult for the administration to try and broker some kind of cease-fire and hostage release agreement.

There is no doubt that people have a right to their opinions, but when government employees become activists and let their feelings override the commitments that they made as conditions of their employment, their deceitful actions can have a counterintuitive effect. The claims that Israel is violating international law in how they are using weapons provided by the United States and claiming that Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal aren’t likely to encourage him to back away from his commitment to utterly destroy Hamas.

Students across America have been part of anti-Israel protests and unfortunately, this attitude is not unique to impressionable teenagers; the United Nations (UN) has made a decided turn in that direction as well as can be seen in some of their recent actions. For example, the Muslim Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim A.A. Khan has applied for arrest warrants for Netanyahu and other Israeli officials.

Twelve Republican senators including minority leader Mitch McConnell (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), and Marco Rubio (FL) sent Khan a strongly worded letter regarding his intention. They believe that issuing the warrants “would align the ICC with the largest state sponsor of terrorism and its proxy… [and] would expose your organization’s hypocrisy and double standards.”

The senators advised Khan that going after Netanyahu would be a threat to both Israeli and American sovereignty because neither are a part of the court. They wrote that by proceeding this way he could end up with himself, ICC employees, and their families being prohibited from entering the United States. The letter finished with an ominous “[y]ou have been warned.”

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