- False statements on classification versus obvious truths about classification
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
James Comey’s Whirling Pivot
A whirling around on one foot.
People who listened to FBI Director’s testimony on Hillary Clinton’s email are asking this question:
"How, after listing all the particulars Ms. Clinton did wrong for 14 minutes did he suddenly declare prosecutors had no criminal case the former Secretary of State?"
How could he whirl around on one foot and switch to the other foot?
It strikes many as a striking contradiction in terms – a statement or group of words or ideas that are incompatible.
· Excessively careless but not criminally negligent
· No intent to do harm but jeopardy to national to national security anyway
· Signing documents not to do something but than going ahead and doing it
· Politics of personal gain against wordage of the law.
We may never know how to resolve these contradictions. As Winston Churchill said of Russia, “It’s a riddle wrapping in a mystery inside an enigma.” Or, updated, “It’s an oxymoron wrapped into a paradox inside a forked tongue.” Whatever it was, President Obama and Ms Clinton probably knew about it before boarding Air Force One for North Carolina.
It is reminiscent of George Orwell’s maxim in Animal Farm – “All animals are created equal but some are more equal than others.” Or of mother’s bittersweet advice to a son: “Take your medicine, it’s good for you.” Or of critics’ remarks on politicians of the opposing party: “Deep down, they are shallow.” “Or of environmentalists who forget to take out the garbage.”
It’s an example of the contradictions of political language: Issuing a statement of making a presentation that contains two incompatible truths .
Ms. Clinton obviously never intended to harm national security but she thought personal control was more important than following mere laws governing others.
She moves to the beat of a different drummer than ordinary mortals. Secretary Clinton and her spokespersons are the whirling dervishes of American politics. It's not what they say, it's what they meant.