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    Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Matt Lee of the Associated Press Tuesday that the U.S. had “determined that we do not need to make a determination” over whether or not the ousting of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt was a coup.

    Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) called it a coup Tuesday, but the Obama administration has deliberately avoided using the word:

    LEE: In response to the first question about Senator McCain’s comments, you gave — you said, our position has not changed, as you just did with Morsi. On McCain’s comments, though, our position has not changed — then you said the U.S. government has stated what our position is. Could you remind us all of what your position actually is? Because as I recall, your position was that you don’t have a position, and that’s not quite — is that correct?

    PSAKI: Matt, I think you know our position, which is that –

    LEE: I — tell me.

    PSAKI: There was a determination made that we need to —not need to make a designation.

    LEE: So then — so your position is that you do not have a position, correct?

    PSAKI: Our position is that we do not need to make a designation. Mmm hmm — oh, go ahead, Nicolas (sp).

    Q: Yeah, does Deputy Secretary Burns plan to meet with President Morsi? We talked about it yesterday, but –

    PSAKI: I don’t have any other plans for that on his schedule.

    LEE: Can I just go back to your answer to my question?

    PSAKI: Yes.

    LEE: You do understand that you don’t have a position on this, don’t you?

    PSAKI: We have not made a determination –

    LEE: But don’t — you go and say, our position has not changed, but you don’t have a position. You don’t have a position that could — a position means taking a side or taking a stance or making a determination. And since you didn’t do that, you do not, by definition, have a position.

    PSAKI: We have –

    LEE: Correct?

    PSAKI: I would disagree with you, Matt.

    LEE: You have a position on whether what happened in Egypt was a coup?

    PSAKI: We have determined that we do not need to make a determination.

    LEE: Isn’t that the same as not having a position?

    PSAKI: I will — I will let you parse yourself.

    LEE: OK.
    Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt | Washington Free Beacon



    Pretty funny when spokespersons make themselves look like fools. But, its not like she could level with the reporter - she is cleared to say just certain things, like the President's mouthpiece, Jay Carney. Nevertheless, what isn't funny, is our lack of taking a position. What happened in Egypt was a coup. The administration just does not want to admit that because they'd have to break off aid.

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    I saw the clip of this crazy statement on TV. What a beautiful example of Orwellian Newspeak! Gawd!

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    I have something to say. There. I said it. Thanks.

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    I have something to say. There. I said it. Thanks.
    And ditto that for me!

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    If we don't call it a coup, it doesn't count! But we're not not calling it a coup, mind you. We're just not calling it a coup.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    If we don't call it a coup, it doesn't count! But we're not not calling it a coup, mind you. We're just not calling it a coup.
    Got it!

    Good morning, Deuce.

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    I don't know why everybody's making a big deal over Egypt's coupe. I think it looks nice

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    The Coupe D'etat.


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    This issue has been plowed more times than Paris Hilton.
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    Too bad we have to observe human rights.

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    Re: Psaki: ‘We Have Determined That We Do Not Need to Make a Determination’ on Egypt

    This could be a result of the new SoS. He likes this kind of statement. It was a coup before it wasn't. We have to be nimble. Besides, nobody was officially shot.

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