The U.S. State Department lied to the American people last week when a spokesperson lionized Secretary of State John Kerry for allegedly sweating bullets as he and President Barack Obama’s National Security Council monitored the unfolding Egyptian regime change in real time.
Jen Psaki with the State Department issued a statement late Wednesday, responding to critics who’d noticed Kerry’s absence from photos of White House meetings where Administration officials were strategizing an American response to the military ouster of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s Mulim Brotherhood President. The statement was meant to deflect anecdotal reports that Kerry had instead been spotted vacationing on his yacht, the Isabel:
Since his plane touched down in Washington at 4 a.m., Secretary Kerry was working all day and on the phone dealing with the crisis in Egypt.
He participated in the White House meeting with the president by secure phone and was and is in non-stop contact with foreign leaders, and his senior team in Washington and Cairo. Any report or tweet that he was on a boat is completely inaccurate.
The only thing completely inaccurate was the State Department’s deception. Kerry was aboard his Isabel as the situation in Egypt deteriorated, and he took the yacht out for a spin again on Friday, even as the State Department’s Psaki issued her version of a mea culpa:
While he was briefly on his boat on Wednesday, Secretary Kerry worked around the clock all day including participating in the president’s meeting with his national security council.
Regardless of whether the Secretary of State was working while he was playing (or simply playing), the lack of communication among members of the President’s cabinet, along with the Administration’s “lie first” approach to communicating with Americans, represents only its most recent attempt to conceal its own disunity.
As Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro observed: “[I]t’s clear that confusion reigns at the highest levels…President Obama isn’t even leading from behind at this point, simply because he can’t tell which direction is behind.”