The dominant theme that emerged in United States media coverage of the first round of WikiLeaks diplomatic cables last week was that Arab regimes in the Gulf - led by Saudi Arabia - shared Israel's view that Iran's nuclear program had to be stopped, by military force if necessary.
Arab Gulf states, some of whom were exposed by the WikiLeaks release of US State Department cables as privately urging an American military strike against Iran, are now publicly calling for a diplomatic approach to stifle their neighbor's nuclear aspirations
Among the secret diplomatic cables thus far released by WikiLeaks are a few that give insight into the US view of Qatar, as well as Qatar's stance on regional issues in the Gulf and elsewhere in the Middle East. In preparation for the January 4 visit of Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani (referred to as "HBJ"), Qatar's prime minister, to Washington, D.C., Joseph LeBaron, US ambassador to Qatar, drafted a cable to D.C. as a primer with talking points and issues to address with Hamad bin Jassim.
Journalist Gareth Porter speaks with The Real News about the initial handling of the Wikileaks documents on Iran, putting another context on the headline that Arab leaders called for military action against Tehran. (The interview starts at the 3-minute mark.)
The leaked reports sent by United States officials abroad to Washington reveal a treacherous playing field for the United States in the Middle East. While the some of the 219 diplomatic cables publicly released to date - of a reported 251,000 obtained by WikiLeaks, an independent international organization that facilitates leaks and makes documents public - cover a range of countries and issues, a major theme of particular interest to US media was the support by some Arab leaders for a US attack on Iran.
Israelis can't be blamed for mistrusting Arabs, according to remarks by the ruler of the Arab state of Qatar released by the WikiLeaks group in the latest of a string of surprising revelations.