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I hate to argue in front of the kids but....

Diplomatic language is not like your typical speech. It is very carefully worded and certain phrases mean certain things. They do this to convey a very precise message. So whomever was responsible for Obama's response was sending a very direct message. For example, "outrageous" is actually very strong in diplospeak. If he had used the phrase "act of aggression" it would have been a signal that shit just got real and military action is quite likely. Obama could not win this one. He was dinged in the news for not attending security briefings hours before the story broke. The embassy apparently knew something was going on and didn't prepare properly. Overall a bad day for Obama and a bad day for America.

Posted by Duffy at September 13, 2012 08:25 AM

"So 'whoever' was responsible for obama's response"

You mean the smartest man in the room isn't capable of reaponding himself on such a grave matter? I guess it doesn't do to have a boy doing a man's job.

Posted by ligneus at September 23, 2012 06:59 AM