State Dept. finally admits inconsistency

Via Mondoweiss: State Dep't says it is 'not consistent' on human rights violations involving Israel and neighbors

This is a classic — the AP's tenacious State Dept correspondent Matt Lee (really, no ones asks the tough questions like he does again and again) gets the State Dept. spokesperson to say that the US is ready to say HRW reports are credible when it comes to Syria but will not call them credible if they're about Israel.

MS. NULAND: Matt, as you have made clear again and again in this room, we are not always consistent.

That's the nut quote but read the whole exchange. 

The current State Dept. motto, on their website at least, is "Diplomacy in action". Maybe they should change that to "Not always consistent".

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