Jewish World Review July 16, 2013/ 9 Menachem-Av, 5773
When a coup isn't a coup
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Riddle: When is a military coup not a military coup? Answer: When it suits this country's interests to call it something else.
It seems the law, which has a way of upsetting the best laid plans of mice and American administrations, bars foreign aid to any countries "whose duly elected leader of government is deposed by decree or military coup," which would seem a fair enough summary of what has just happened in
But cutting off the
Therefore a coup isn't a coup. Not in the curious tongue that
O-o-o-kay. At least poor
Rather than play these games with the national interest, not to mention truth, it would be better to change the law to give a president the kind of leeway he needs when a blanket prohibition like this one prevents him from making a candid exception to it. And doing what is best for the country.
Moral of the story: A good rule in general doesn't always have good results when it's applied in particular circumstances -- like
But changing the law in order to give the chief executive the flexibility he needs in enforcing it might be impractical at such short notice. And for good or ill,
Let's just say there are times when the truth has to be, uh, softened. Consider the quick response offered by the head of this country's
Oh, what a tangled web we weave/ When first we practice to deceive! Practicing to deceive could sum up a great portion of any intelligence service's function. Or even any diplomat's. A long-ago cynic/realist once defined a diplomat as "an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country."
The same job description might apply at home to
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