The essence of modern diplomacy is pretending that facts do not exist. That is why diplomats around the world are scurrying for cover after the recent WikiLeaks dump has provided detailed evidence that diplomats know what everyone else in the world has known for the last decade. Iran's military "took advantage of the vacuum" left in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam and is a state sponsor of Islamic terrorism? Wow! Saudi Arabia is a "cash machine" for terrorists? Bombshell! Iran procured advanced missiles from North Korea? Oh my God! Russia is a "mafia state" and not a democracy? Dios Mio! Ok, I have ran out of expletives.
At least the WikiLeaks cables have provided a kind of foreign policy catharsis, like catching a pathological liar red handed. In other words, at least they now know that we know. It turns out, that is very important to them.
If you want to gauge the practical difference between a mind that acknowledges reality and a mind that doesn't, consider the difference between America's military technology and America's foreign policy, that is, between the physical sciences and the modern social sciences, or between reason and modern philosophy.
Scientists, those that integrate their observations of nature to form abstract generalizations, can hurl rockets into space and explore the cosmos. Our military can fly unmanned drones to attack our enemies or use an arsenal of nuclear bombs to destroy a continent.
Meanwhile, the foreign policy crowd, educated in modern philosophy, are taught that generalization is impossible, that there are no black and whites, that ethics are relative and judgment impossible. They are taught that reality is a fluid construct and that only pragmatic consensus can temporarily ameliorate conflicting geopolitical visions. These are minds that literally watch the same thing happen over and over throughout history and in front of their eyes, yet draw no conclusions.
Islamic terrorists continue to attack Israel and her western allies. Maybe next time, the diplomats tell us, they won't. History teaches that appeasement only emboldens the enemy. Maybe this time, the diplomats tell us, appeasement will work. Iran and Saudi Arabia support Islamic terrorism militarily, logistically, and financially. There is nothing we can do, they tell us, so we can only allow Iran to build a nuclear bomb and acquire missiles from North Korea (a country that periodically lobs missiles into South Korea with impunity), while considering Saudi Arabia to be an ally in the war on terrorism! A war, it should be noted, that began when America attacked the wrong country, Iraq, and continues to engage in hand to hand combat with tribesmen in the mountains of Afghanistan, a country where a recent poll shows that 92% of the population doesn't know that 9/11 occurred.
Reasoning minds can produce high tech weapons that can destroy the enemy in minutes. Minds deadened in the abyss of post-modern realpolitik can not even determine who our enemy is!
Iran, Iraq. It's one letter of difference. If our foreign policy establishment intellectuals were around during World War II, would we have fought a war against Japan or Germany? Who knows, right? But, these intellectuals have united in their judgment of one enemy and will marshal all of their resources to bring him down - WikiLeaks beware.