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#214872 1-Jun-2017 08:10
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From the Washington Examiner

"The most painful 18-second news conference response you'll see all week"

"If you look closely, you can pinpoint the moment Tuesday afternoon when Acting Assistant Secretary of State Stuart Jones prayed silently for the earth to open up and swallow him whole.

It's really that bad.

Jones joined reporters Tuesday for a routine press briefing. He was asked a relatively simple question: Why does the White House criticize Iranian elections but never elections in Saudi Arabia?

Amazingly enough, Jones clearly was not prepared for it.

What followed next was a solid 18 seconds of silence as Jones raced through his mind thinking of a half-decent answer to a basic question about an apparent double standard"

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-most-painful-18-second-news-conference-response-youll-see-all-week/article/2624509


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  #1792952 1-Jun-2017 10:24
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Because you criticise your enemies in public but not your friends.

 

For example the NZ govt did not make a habit of publicly criticise Tonga's monarchy, aristocracy, electoral processes and generally sub-par approach to democracy. Any criticisms made was limited, and mild despite the abuses of democracy in that kingdom.

 

We did provide assistance for Tonga to hold mostly democratic general election in 2010.

 

I'm no fan of Saudi Arabia's leaders ... but as far as I can recall they do not publicly declare policy objectives to destroy a UN member state whereas Iran's government leaders have done this repeatedly - as recently as 2016 (from memory). 

 

 

 

 





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