Thanks to the great Phil Weiss for finding this gem from a recent State Department press conference, where spokesperson Victoria Nuland (otherwise known as Mrs. Robert "Uber-Neocon" Kagan) is caught in the dirty lie that is the US "human rights" policy.
Like a shifty used car salesman, Nuland took the opportunity to peddle a deeply flawed and very dubiously sourced Human Rights Watch report on Syria to supply gory details to the media outlets assembled. Human Rights Watch, a project of the George Soros "Open Society" network, is without question an organization that can be counted on to miraculously come up with conclusions that support the positions of the regime. Surprisingly, one journalist remembered what the trade really means in a free society, and had the audacity to question the State Department's motives in talking up the report. Here is the heroic (and let's hope not as a result unemployed) AP reporter Matt Lee:
MATT LEE: Do you see that report as credible and solid, and you’re putting – you’re endorsing it? I mean, you’re saying --
MS. NULAND: We have no reason to believe that it is not credible. It’s based on eyewitness accounts, and they’re reporting from a broad cross-section of human rights figures inside Syria.
QUESTION: So the next time Human Rights Watch comes out with a report that’s critical of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, I’ll assume that you’re going to be saying the same thing, correct; that you think that the report is credible, it’s based on eyewitness accounts?
MS. NULAND: As --
QUESTION: And you’re not going to say that it’s politically motivated and should be dismissed?
MS. NULAND: Matt, as you have made clear again and again in this room, we are not always consistent.
QUESTION: So, in other words, anything that Human Rights Watch says that is critical of someone you don’t like, that’s okay; but once they criticize someone that you do like, then it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on?
MS. NULAND: Matt, I’m not going to get into colloquy on this one.
In closing, we should remember that Mr. Victoria Nuland (the aforementioned Kagan) is a senior foreign policy adviser to Mitt "Strangelove" Romney and is simultaneously a senior foreign policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Anyone who doubts that the US government has become the new USSR should stop to ponder this dialectical triumph.