Algeria, which had human rights problems and was heavily lobbying Hillary Clinton’s State Department to get in its good graces, gave half a million bucks in 2010 to the Clinton Foundation, which didn’t follow the protocol of getting approval from the State Department, according to the Washington Post.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, well it was just one case, and we don’t care.
“The fact that the process was not followed in this particular incident does not raise concerns with us,” Psaki said.
In honor of Jen Psaki’s elevation to White House communications director, here for you is a compendium of some of the highlights of her tenure as State department spokeswoman.
Awkward moment alert: Psaki was junior to Josh Earnest when the two served as deputy press secretaries the first year of Obama’s presidency and is generally believed to have been passed over in favor of Earnest when President Obama elevated him to replace Jay Carney as press secretary last year. Now, she’ll be his boss.
Their partnership atop the White House communications food chain makes for a weird combination in Obamaland: They’re both very nice people. I apologize for diminishing them with their colleagues in this way.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki today refused to say that terrorists who attacked a Jewish deli in Paris, killing four people, were targeting Jews, saying it was a matter for the French government to decide.
“There were not all victims of one background or one nationality,” Psaki said.
Actually, they were all Jewish.
Asked if, aside from the individuals, the deli was targeted because it was Jewish, Psaki said, “I don’t think we’re going to speak on behalf of French authorities and what they believe was the situation.”
Earlier, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sought to defend Obama’s characterization of the attacks as “random,” saying Obama was referring to the happenstance that the individuals killed were present in the store. Earnest seemed to try to diminish the anti-Semitism involved, commenting that others in the store were not Jewish, although Earnest did ultimately acknowledge that the deli was targeted because it was a Jewish deli.
UPDATE: Earnest and Psaki later tweeted: “Our view has not changed. Terror attack at Paris Kosher market was motivated by anti-Semitism. POTUS didn’t intend to suggest otherwise.”
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki came armed to a briefing this week with a most pathetic dodge to a question that must have been expected about Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak having his charges dropped. More opacity from the openness administration.
Meanwhile, as one reporter notes, the democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsi, rots in jail.
Now, I’m certainly not advocating releasing Morsi, a man who would immediately go to work stirring Islamist revolution. What I will note is the double hypocrisy this response reveals about the Obama administration.
It runs around proclaiming itself transparent, and is nothing of the sort. And it lectures other countries on democracy and freedom, while refusing to back up its words with even the slightest condemnation of Mubarak’s get-out-of-jail-free card.
Even Psaki, as you’ll hear, was ashamed of the response.
With Israel under the gun for Gaza War civilian casualties, including accusations by Amnesty International that it committed war crimes, the Obama administration swept to Israel’s defense, showing the United States to be the stalwart ally it has always been as Israel defends itself against neighbors who allow children to be used as shields while they lob bombs onto Israeli’s heads.
Well, not exactly. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki today grumbled that Israel did not doing enough to protect Gaza civilians. Her statement contradicted remarks Thursday by Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey, who knows a bit more about war than Psaki and said Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit casualties.
I would point you to the Chairman’s teams for more specifics on his comments, It remains the broad view of the entire administration that they could have done more and that they should have taken more feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties.
From Dempsey’s remarks:
I actually do think that Israel went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties,” Dempsey told the group . . . In this kind of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticized for civilian casualties.
ABC White House reporter Jonathan Karl trotted over to the State Department the other day to ask spokeswoman Jen Psaki whether U.S. ambassadors need have any qualifications other than the ability to make money and give it to President Obama.
Sure, all presidents send their donors to exotic locations at taxpayer expense to represent the United States, allowing them to bide their time at the embassy-palace while earning the right for the rest of their lives to go to their health club and have the help ask them, Would the ambassador like a fresh towel? But Karl points out in the video below that 37 percent of ambassadors appointed by Obama are political appointees, an amount he says is “considerably more” than either George W. Bush or Bill Clinton.
So much for Obama’s crusade to take money out of governing.
We recently learned that the man tapped to be ambassador to Argentina has never set foot there. Argentina is not some mango farm converted into a country. It has the second largest GDP in South America and a problematic leftist, authoritarian government. It’s big F&$%ing deal.
Obama’s pick to represent us in Norway was recently caught in the act of not knowing squat about the place.
“That’s the goal,” Psaki says when asked if an ambassador should “have at least some basic knowledge of the country he is going to.”
Psaki has a point though, that Karl’s seemingly outraged “How much does it cost to become an ambassador . . . in the Obama administration?” was surely scripted for TV.
But Karl has a point too when he notes, “It’s a serious question.”
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