White House Press Secretary Jay Carney pulled out a familiar flak trope in a press conference today, declaring the White House “disappointed” with the LA Times‘ decision to publish controversial photos of American soldiers posing with dead bodies in Afghanistan.
Perhaps the only recent trope we find more annoying is when the White House lectures about not “rewarding bad behavior” of hostile nation states. Not sure what social psychologist advises the White House to talk to the world like it’s a child, but we really wish they’d stop. Why don’t you try “disagreeing” with the decision and then citing your rationale? We don’t care about your disappointment. We care about logical arguments. If you have one, give it to us. If not, stop wasting your time and ours being disappointed and start cracking down on the financial industry.
Carney did manage to put his paternalistic side away long enough to condemn the actions of soldiers in the photos in language befitting an audience over the age of five. “[T]he conduct depicted in those photographs is reprehensible and does not in any way represent the high standards of the US military. And the president certainly shares in the defense secretary’s opinion that this should be investigated and those held responsible will be held accountable.”