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  •  Sometimes governments lie, sometimes not (0+ / 0-)

    The great investigative journalist, I.F. "Izzy" Stone coined dictum to journalism students, "governments lie." He criticized mainstream journalists for "press release journalism," ie your "talking points."

    But people often forget that while Izzy Stone refused to rely on official statements and press releases, he instead relied on government documents. In other words government often lies to the public but it doesn't lie to itself.

    When the State Department issues the kind of policy document I summarized it is talking to its own staff and foreign governments and wants to make sure that people don't miscalculate.

    It's somewhat bizarre that you would accuse me of providing the Obama administration's policy points, when in fact I stated that I was summarizing the administration's policy based on policy documents.

    Great gotcha there!

    My main original observation is that since those policy documents were released, the administration has been remarkably faithful to them and those policies explain almost exactly what the administration has done -- including certain actions that have confused the public, like intervening in Libya and Somalia (because the international community was unanimous as expressed in a UN Security Council resolution) and not in Syria (because there is no UN resolution).

    If you want to know what the administration is going to do in any international security situation, look to the UN, the EU, the African Union, and other regional security organizations.

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