LOS ANGELES, December 6, 2014 – The Obama administration inadvertently got caught admitting its “position” on an “ally” was ridiculous and may I suggest two responses to it.
Firstly, the background. Earlier this week an Egyptian court dropped all charges against Hosni Murbarak over the the deaths of hundreds of citizens while revolting in Tahrir Square in 2011. During a press briefing, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked about it.
The key point in her statement was this:
Generally, we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends.
She then repeatedly refused to answer additional questions and after the briefing was over and the lights were turned off, she told us what she felt about what she just said:’
That Egypt line is ridiculous.
And you could hear an aide laughing at the comment.
- It’s good to know she thought that line was absurd. Because it was. It literally said nothing that could be disagreed with by anyone on the planet. It was meaningless and her acknowledgment of that fact indicates that at least a small amount of rational thought is occurring within the administration.
- It’s good to know that they don’t believe everything they are telling us. Because a huge number of Americans don’t either. This solves a question that has long been asked: is the administration incompetent or malevolent? Understanding that she knew she was saying something ludicrous allows us to answer it.
Of course, the human and comedic element of the event somewhat goes without saying. Usually Joe Biden is the one providing some laughs, but in this case not only did Psaki provide some much-needed insight, she also gave us something funny, too.