"And all of this because of some corrupted view of the inherent evils of the modern state, a pseudo-romantic attachment to the absolute value of transparency, a casual indifference to inevitable consequences and a neurotic attachment to one individual's self importance. Rarely have we seen such a dangerous combination of arrogance and incompetence."
The quote above is taken from ex-CIA director Michael V. Hayden's op ed piece on the Wikileaks affair. It's illustrative. You've got to love that last sentence, which would be apropos if it had been written about the Iraq War, or the Bush Administration's response to Katrina, or the entire War on Terror, but rings hollow in the context of the publication of a great pile of documents highlighting the arrogance and incompetence of a superpower's entire war-making apparatus. Can there be too much transparency in a democracy? We don't know. As for that "casual indifference to inevitable consequences," don't even get us started. That's what governments are. Casually indifferent to inevitable consequences. It's what makes them special.