Mark Toner and Peter Kirby are very happy men today. Their humiliating performances regarding the question of Syria is now no longer the most embarrassing moments for a State Department Spokesman over the last decade.
Shortly after Mark Toner couldn’t answer whether or not ISIS was “the greater evil” when compared to the secular government of Bashar al-Assad, Peter Kirby, perhaps one of the most arrogant of all State Department spokesmen, was crushed by a reporter who responded to his calls for evidence with actual evidence. After Kirby was forced to look at pictures that disproved the State Department’s line on “activists” and “on the ground” reporting from the American media based on terrorist Twitter accounts, Kirby was forced to back up and admit that “people will have to decide for themselves what they’re going to find credible and what they’re not going to find credible.”
But while Toner gave up his title to Kirby quickly, it appeared Kirby was going to keep the championship belt of humiliation for eternity. That is, until Stuart Jones, acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, appeared on the scene.
During the campaign, his presidency, and even on a recent trip to Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump repeatedly accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and pointed out that Iran is not a democracy. He stated that the Iranian people are oppressed by the Iranian “regime” which he characterized as being one of religious extremism. Trump’s hypocrisy was noted but, of course, not adequately called out in the pages and blog posts of the corporate media.
So when a reported actually dared to ask a real question of Jones, the Assistant Secretary was literally speechless. In fact, Jones was so speechless for so long that he even made Obama without a teleprompter look good. Some viewers even thought the video froze at one point because Jones himself appeared frozen, gazing ahead with an empty stare, a deer in the headlights, his mouth gaping wide open. The question was simple enough. Could Jones “characterize Saudi Arabia’s commitment to democracy and does the administration believe that democracy is a buffer or barrier against extremism?”
As soon as the question was uttered, you could almost see the wheels turning in Jones’ head and hear him thinking to himself, “Oh my God. How do I answer this question without looking foolish? Let me think. No. That will get me fired. No, that’s stupid. This guy’s figured it out. Oh my God. I already look foolish. What do I do? Somebody help!”
The result was perhaps the longest 17 seconds for a State Department official since Hillary Clinton was forced to evade prosecution and obstruct justice by deleting her incriminating emails from her private server. Eventually, however, Jones returned to functioning robot mode, prattled on for a minute about making “significant progress” with GCC partners on “measures” and “mechanisms” that did not answer the question, launched into another attack on Iran, and was so utterly inarticulate that it rivaled a Q&A with the current head of state.
Enjoy the video of yet another State Department fail below:
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