Last Updated Jun 12, 2012 9:47 PM EDT
It'll take a while to sort out what the release of a quarter-million classified messages between American diplomats overseas and the State Department means. But two things seem clear:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will win Neil Patrick Harris his first Oscar; and
Foreign leaders know how to party.
Kazakhstan's prime minister enjoys trendy nightclubs, drinking and dancing solo on an elevated platform.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi rarely travels without his "Ukrainian nurse," a "voluptuous blonde."
The disclosures read less like an issue of Foreign Affairs and more like a copy of Us Weekly.
World leaders, they're just like us!
They're feckless and vain, like 74-year-old Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose non-stop partying have left him "a total mess"
They've got "a chip on their shoulder," like the nation of Canada.
What's more interesting and worrisome is the real impact of these leader's foibles and flaws.
Berlusconi's bromance with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is a problem, not because of that "blow-out party at Putin's dacha." It's charges he profited from Russian-Italian energy deals that could cost Berlusconi his job.
Putin, meanwhile, is "disengaged," maybe because the mafia state he helped create barely answers to him anymore. So that explains all the overcompensating.
YES - they're just like us … in all the worst ways.
The words "insecure," "weak" and "volatile" come up over and over.
"Erratic" Afghan President Hamid Karzai flies into paranoid anti-American rants and can't "grasp the most rudimentary principles of state-building." And yup, it's all on our dime.
And how's this for vanity? Qaddafi was apparently so upset that he couldn't set up a tent in Manhattan on a visit to the U.N. that he tried backing out of a promise to return enriched uranium to Russia.
Thank God his Ukrainian nurse is keeping him on his meds.