Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Coup by any other name is still a Coup

Though officials did not dispute the fact that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, a democratically-elected leader, was ousted by the military in an extrajudicial fashion, they would not say the word "coup," which has an important legal consequence for the $1.5 billion in aid Congress sends to Egypt every year.

"[We are] taking the time to determine what happened, what to label it," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. 

"We're just not taking a position," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. 

Foreign Policy Magazine

Calling a Cat a Dog doesn't make it so

Virtually every media outlet around acknowledges that what happened in Egypt was a coup,  acknowledges that the administration refuses to call it one, and acknowledges that they are doing so to get around US law requiring that aid be suspended.  Yet no one seems to have a problem with the administration boldly lying to their face, with the possible exception of Matthew Lee of the AP.

When Psaki said of the Muslim Brotherhood "We urge them to engage in the political process and support the process to full civilian government". Lee retorted that  "they did engage in the process, now their candidate is the loser, and he's the loser because he was ousted by the military,"

Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman replied:

"a democratic process is not just about casting your ballots." 


Nothing to see here... please look the other way. 

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