You don't need to be a politician to know what's going on. Thank goodness we do have a free press.
As for "Wikileaks" causing a war, give me a break. It didn't take this much to start war-mongering in Iraq. Besides, the leaks are real accounts.
As for the republic comment, the United States was founded as a republic. There's a lot of navel-gazing debate about republic vs. democracy. The bottom line is that checks and balances are part of our system, thank goodness.
As for Congress, that's not always the case. A lot of elected officials vote on party lines, not what their constituents want. There's also a thing called lobbyists.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand, isn't Wikileaks out of the news for now? How many "wars" did it cause this month? OK. Thought so.