Did you know that?
Per the State Department’s Daily Press Briefing today, that’s the latest wisdom.
Here’s the transcript, and my favorite quote of the week. In responding to a query about the current tensions at the borders of Iraq, Iran, and Turkey — which are growing more tense by the day — this official airily passes
gas the question by:
QUESTION: There’s been some reports that the Iranians have been shelling parts of northern Iraq. I just wondered whether you had any details on this and if this was going to be something you might discuss when you finally do have discussions with the Iranians over Iraq.
MR. MCCORMACK: I don’t have any details for you, Sue. But if, in fact, those reports are true, I would expect that the Iraqi Government would have something to say to the Iranian Government about that. You know, good neighbors don’t shell one another. So again, I don’t have the details for you…
Please, someone — bring the smelling salts. Hit Mr. McCormack over the head with them. Maybe the trauma will serve to bring back his memory:
Iraq and Iran are not “good” neighbors. Oh, wait a minute. This guy’s from Foggy Bottom. They probably shell one another on a regular basis.
UPDATE: Ex-Pat, from Southeast Asia, sends an earlier exhalation from this same State Department “spokesbeing,” Sean McCormack. Ex-Pat’s example has the advantage of being a two fer: both an instance of groveling and a case of violating the Constitution…