BBC, 8 July 2013
Here are a couple of riddles for you: When is a coup not a coup? And why is the White House not like Humpty Dumpty?
In Through the Looking Glass, Humpty tells Alice: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, doesn’t have that luxury. If he called the Egyptian military’s intervention in the democratic process a “coup”, it would clearly mean the huge amount of aid the US gives to Egypt would have to be cut off.
Because that’s what it says, in black and white, in the US Code:
Phi Beta Iota: Intelligence with integrity is not to be found in Washington DC. There is nothing intelligent — or ethical — about a non-existent strategy, corrupt policies, even more corrupt acquisition, and out of control operations that do not serve the interest of any public at home or abroad. We do not advocate a military coup in the USA — we do advocate that the flag officers who still have ethics band together and demand an Open Source Agency that can get the USA back into Whole of Government in the public interest, soundly rooted in ethical evidence-based decision-making that respects all domestic and multinational stakeholders and stops selling policy to the highest bidder.