Saturday's newspaper brought an AP story headlined "White House urges halt to spilling of war secrets," the first paragraph of which says: "The Obama administration on Friday implored [my emphasis] the website WikiLeaks to stop posting secret Afghanistan war documents . . . ."
To implore means to plead.
The most powerful nation in the world is pleading with geekniks around the world to cease jeopardizing American national security and violating our criminal laws.
As to the former, there is ample justification for special operators or others to simply take out WikiLeaks installations wherever they can be found if that is feasible covertly.
As to the latter, non-citizens associated with the WikiLeaks enterprise can be charged with violating American criminal laws, including the Espionage Act, aiding and abetting, and conspiracy. American citizens can be similarly charged.
And citizens can also be charged with treason: giving "aid and comfort" to the enemies of the United States.
Or, alternatively, Obama and Gates can continue to plead, perhaps as Johnson and Nixon might have done with Americans--Fonda, Zinn, Spock, Hayden and others--who aided and comforted the Viet Cong, North Vietnamese, Chinese, Cubans and Soviets who were killing Americans in Southeast Asia.
That would have worked as well as it's going to work for our craven president.
The United States of America?!
I was about to ask rhetorically, "what have we come to?"
But, sadly, I know the answer.