Remember when Nancy Pelosi said we “have to pass the bill (Obamacare) so we can find out what’s in it.” In the case of the Iran deal our leaders know what’s in it; they just didn’t want us to find out.As The Washington Examiner just reported, The State Department admitted Wednesday that a 2013 press briefing video was purposefully altered to remove a portion of a discussion about the Iran nuclear talks, after an unknown State Department official asked that it be edited out.
Spokesman John Kirby’s announcement contradicted the position held by the department for the last three weeks, during which officials said the video was missing because of a “glitch.”And how is the department responding to this revelation?
Kirby said officials didn’t know who asked for the video to be edited, and said the department is unlikely to investigate further into who wanted the video to be edited.
As for the contents of the edited clip: The missing video clip was revealed more than three weeks ago, and it involves then-spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who was asked in 2013 whether officials ever lie to the public to protect national security interests. Psaki seemed to indicate that this does happen.“James, I think there are times where diplomacy needs privacy in order to progress. This is a good example of that,” Psaki replied to Fox News reporter James Rosen.
In other words: they lie… then lie about lying.
Rosen’s question dealt with when the Obama administration started the Iran nuclear talks. The administration initially said the talks started in 2013, after moderate leaders took over Iran.But evidence has since surfaced that the talks started earlier, before moderates were in power, a fact that some see as evidence that Obama wanted a deal at any cost.
Going to the negotiation table willing to make a deal at all costs is a recipe for disaster. You know, there’s a presidential candidate who could teach him a thing about negotiating…
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]