Whereas most of the Wikileaks revelations produce anguish and despair at the duplicity of our leaders, there are odd moments of levity.
What a bloke.
Or, to quote comedian Jeremy Hardy, "the idiot spawn of incestuous German robber barons".
Revelations from the US ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.
“The US ambassador, a veteran career diplomat who speaks six languages, did not appear to have great regard for Andrew's intellect.”
"He reacted with almost neuralgic patriotism whenever any comparison between the US and UK came up. For example, one British businessman noted that despite the 'overwhelming might of the American economy compared to ours' the amount of American and British investment in Kyrgyzstan was similar. Snapped the duke: 'No surprise there. The Americans don't understand geography. Never have. In the UK, we have the best geography teachers in the world.” (my emphasis)
Having recovered from this pat on the back from a royal lightweight, it was a little disturbing to read about his views on the Al Yamama arms deal - one of the most corrupt deals in the history of the UK.
“[Andrew] turned to the general issue of promoting British economic interests abroad. He railed at British anticorruption investigators, who had had the 'idiocy' of almost scuttling the al-Yamama deal with Saudi Arabia."
The prince, she explained, "was referencing an investigation, subsequently closed, (my emphasis) into alleged kickbacks a senior Saudi royal had received in exchange for the multi-year, lucrative BAE Systems contract to provide equipment and training to Saudi security forces".
The dispatch continued: "His mother's subjects seated around the table roared their approval. He then went on to 'these (expletive) journalists, especially from the National [sic] Guardian, who poke their noses everywhere' and (presumably) make it harder for British businessmen to do business. The crowd practically clapped." Guardian online
‘Subsequently closed’ = shut down by Tony Blair at the behest of the Saudi’s, unhappy at their dirty washing (free private jet and a billion in cash) being opened up to public scrutiny. What a hypocritical little shit that ‘christian’ is.
And what a plonker Andrew is for defending BAE and their criminal activities.
It is good to know that the Guardian employ journalists who ruffle royal feathers.