Bam!! No sooner did I write a post about Deputy State Department Spokeshole Marie Harf's boffo comment about combating ISIS with "jobs" then comes her boss. Jen Psaki, with an equally boffo comment about ISIS beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians.
"Asked about the pope’s reaction in a phone call today with reporters, and asked specifically “does the administration agree” the men were killed because of their faith, Psaki said she was “not going to put new labels or — or, certainly, argue with comments of the pope.”
“But I would say that we have spoken in the past about, you know, our concerns about the, you know, targeting of — of religious groups, and we’ve seen, unfortunately, this happen in Iraq and other places,” Psaki said. “ISIL has gone after not just individuals for religious affiliation but for being a woman, for being — for even people with disabilities. And so we’ve seen the barbarity of their tactics.”So what's a new label? Christian? What is the problem with identifying the problem here? Are they afraid they are going to offend the international Muslim community by saying that the 21 victims of beheading are Christians? Apparently so because the White House statement only identifies them as "Egyptian citizens".