The State Department refers to the Defense Department. The Defense Department is referring back, to the State Department
- how handy.
Meanwhile, nobody is talking to the Russians and what they are doing in Syria.To this day, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has not spoken to his Russian counterpart ... at all, since he took on his job!
(listen to the comment by DoD Spokeperson Peter Cook
in this Press Conference) Amazing? Outragous? Plain stupid? Your call. We are lucky that John Kerry
is talking to Sergey Lavrov
On the other end, former Pentagon spokeperson Rear-Admiral John Kirby
, thought it was a good idea, to take over the same job at the State Department, replacing Marie Harf
, who started getting good at it.
At this stage, John Kirby is still over his head, making me wish interim spokesperson Jeff Rathke
would still stand at the podium. Kirby is either free-jamming on topics, he is unprepared or has nothing to read out or to say about, but still does talk, in the style of his former job.
On the other side of his toolset is the most popular phrase in diplomacy spokes people speak: "I am not gonna..." - Kirby's personal touch is "from this podium..." and instead using the opportunity to clarify the position of the State Department, ignoring legitimate questions by the hardened, well-flown press in the room.
Increasingly more often, John Kirby starts to deliver personal political opinions: "Frankly, I find it incredible/offensive..." and he falls into an unscripted political speech, accusing the press to have insulted him, by simply asking political/diplomatic questions.
It's the State Department, after all.
Apparently nobody of his new State Department collegues, nor John Kerry has time to hear him, otherwise, I don't know, why he is allowed to keep coming back to these State Department Press Briefings.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Commander in Chief, President Obama, shows his government's foreign policy has it's odd holes? If it really is the current government or the rust in the DoD and State Department, would be another (good) question. Seems, one year of bombing and not a lot to show for? Ok, 4 million refugees are something, I guess.
Meanwhile, the complaint of the intelligence community analysts, saying their assessments and reports were 'cooked' by their upper 'management', to make the situation look more preferable, is under investigation. An unprecedented earthquake inside this intel community.*
At the same time, the now 'Invisible War'
- on the ground - is going on.
*) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/09/exclusive-50-spies-say-isis-intelligence-was-cooked.html #politics #foreignpolicy #Pentagon #Syria #Russia