Truth in advertising…..not

How about an expanded bio for Robert Kagan’s opinion piece, “Five reasons Netanyahu should not address Congress”, at the Washington Post:

“Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He writes a monthly foreign affairs column for The Post.”

Let’s add he is the spouse of Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasisan Affairs at the US State Department.

Here’s the most laughable part in his 5-point, shallowly disguised State Department talking points:

“U.S. congressional leaders probably should have given this invitation more thought. Although not a violation of the letter of the Constitution, it certainly seems to violate the idea that the nation speaks with one voice on foreign policy and that foreign leaders cannot choose whether they prefer to deal with Congress or the president.”

Would that the President could speak with one voice, we might have a coherent foreign policy, instead of this meandering, sloppily edited narrative coming from the White House.  While the President fixates on parsing Islamist terrorism and turning the Taliban into something other than a terrorist entity, to mask the Bergdahl/Gitmo detainee swap as something other than a disastrous decision, Netanyahu can be counted on to give an inspiring, carefully researched, accurate, and riveting speech.  And he doesn’t even need to rely on a teleprompter.  That’s why the White House is trying to dissuade Netanyahu from speaking to Congress.  He will succeed at swaying American public opinion and that is a threat to the Obama administration that mobilizes them, as no Islamist terrorism ever will.

Thanks Robert Kagan/Nuland, but a dose of honesty about your connections to the Obama administration rather than your Brookings Institution bio would have served readers better.

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2 responses to “Truth in advertising…..not

  1. Minta Marie Morze

    In my life, I must have seen zillions of TV shows where a witness in a trial has to swear “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. Early on—the Perry Mason mystery was shown in black and white, so it was a l-o-o-ong time ago—I remember thinking about it and coming to the conclusion that all three parts of the oath were imperative as a goal, and though actually speaking or writing ALL the truth about anything is impossible, you should at least TRY to get the important, relevant, material part of each of the trio into a speech, argument, essay, article, and so forth.

    It seems to me that the Left, deliberately and with malice aforethought, transgress on each of the three areas, and sometimes the Progs aren’t even in the ballpark. It’s cool when you can get the written words of one of them, or better, a video, that openly demonstrates their lies. With the advent of the video cameras built into the ubiquitous little electronic toys everyone carries now, there are a growing number of these “gotcha” moments where the arrogance of the “star attraction” and the dripping contempt the Leftist liar feels for everyone else comes out in full force. They clearly enjoy both the activity of lying and the cleverness they use in doing so. After a “gotcha” moment becomes public, they might give a carefully worded and dishonest “apology”, or tell everyone that what they see and hear isn’t what they think it is, or both. Putative definitions are bandied about with a contemptuous sneer or smile.

    It’s amazing—and angering—how often nowadays I come into contact with a piece of information that shows that “the whole truth” of something was edited to exclude an absolutely vital element of reality. There is no way that the fact that Kagan is married to Victoria Nuland is trivial or of no relevance in the article he wrote. If he believed in what he wrote, he’d have to believe it’s truth would not be altered by the information about his marriage. The absence here of an informative and important part of “the whole truth” carries an indictment with it.

    You’d think the fact that Kagan’s wife is Nuland should make him seem to have an insiders knowledge of the way these things work with invitations to foreign leaders. Then he should mention it. If he says he was worried that people might think it was the Administration’s official view, then he should mention the relationship so he can also mention that the view is completely his own. In all cases, the relationship is an important part of “the whole truth”.

    Liberty, the moment I read it in your post, I thought “Damn it!”

    You’d think people would be ashamed of such blatant chicanery. But no-o-o-o . . . .

  2. Minta, In Washington, one could expand the old adage, “politics makes strange bedfellows”, to reporters, pundits, and policy experts, cohabitating, literally and/or ideologically with the politicians they’re ostensibly reporting/analyzing. We’ve got so many journalists working for big name news corporations, who worked for high level politicians or have a spouse, who works/worked for a high-level politician.

    George Stephanolpoulos should read a disclaimer before he reports on all Clinton related stories, but he doesn’t. Our national memory suffers from a severe attention-deficit disorder, enabling politicians and their helpers in the nattering class to cloak their political agenda under a many-layered mantle of impressive titles and subject matter expert credentials. For example, many young people of voting age were in diapers during the Clinton years, thus the national memory on the Clinton years falls to the same sort of whitewashing as the Camelot years from my childhood.

    Without vigilant fact-checking and background checking, we end up being duped by those who pretend they’re enlightened and objective bearers of the truth. I’ve developed this habit of asking, “who in the hell is this expert and where did he/she come from.?” ….. sometimes the answer is surprising:-)

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