August 17, 2012

We’ve always been at war with Eastasia: Obama rewrites State Department Documents [Darleen Click]

Or, as the old Soviet dissident lines goes, “The future is known, it is the past that is always changing.

Inserting himself into the biographies of past presidents on the White House website apparently wasn’t enough for President Obama. His State Department is now editing its descriptions of foreign countries into yet another taxpayer-subsidized campaign commercial for the Obama Administration.

The State Department has recently ended its long-running series of Background Notes, which were analytical, objective histories of other countries. In their place, new “Fact Sheets” now tout Obama’s policies and actions toward each nation. No more historical context, no recounting of complex and long-standing issues in the country. Just cut to the chase—that is, the time when the current Administration came to power.

Heritage’s Jim Roberts, one of the editors of Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom, was struck by the disproportionate change in emphasis while doing some research recently. Roberts, who worked at the State Department from 1982 to 2007 and used to write these country profiles, said he had never seen edits like these under either previous Republican or Democratic Administrations.

Roberts noted that “They seem to be not ‘fact sheets’ but brag sheets,” adding that the edits appear to treat countries more favorably when the Obama Administration agrees with their leaders.

h/t Hot Air

Posted by Darleen @ 12:03pm

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Comments (19)

  1. Us hairy-toed flat earthers just can’t handle the concept of a Barackocentric cosmology.

  2. I wouldn’t mind so much if it was a bunch of King Hussein’s sycophants making asses of themselves. What pisses me off is that they’re embarrassing the entirety of our once-proud republic.

    Even if we manage to hold things together, it’s going to be decades before we undo the damage these locusts have wrought.

  3. Squid,
    Yeah, once the cat pee soaks into the carpet, it takes a loooong time for the stink to go away.

  4. And in case anyone was wondering, “cat pee” is a RAAAAACIST code word.

    For something or other.

  5. I think it has reached the point that it would just be easier to point out the things that are not racist. Just for the sake of time-saving.

  6. leigh, there’s a mathematical symbol for the things that Tourë doesn’t consider raaaaacist: ?

  7. That’s a pretty short list, leigh. In fact, I imagine the bottle of gatorade sitting on my desk right now is racist.

  8. Were you trying to post the symbol for an empty set, Darth?

  9. Bah. Unicode entry not working. That’s supposed to be Ø for empty set.

  10. I guessed right! Yay!

  11. Damn. My black dogs are racists, too using that metric.

  12. Your question is moot. Nothing is or is not objectively racist, because their is no objective measure that you can apply to determine this. It is racist if Toure feels it is. Or have I been misunderstanding most of Jeff’s writings for quite some time now?

  13. Speaking of Black Dogs, does that mean Led Zeppelin is racist?

  14. Objectivity is a tool of the white European patriarchical imperial colonial exploitative power structure and therefor inherently

    and very very bad

  15. Ernst gets it.

  16. That’s because, through the tender ministrations of Miniluv, I’ve been made sane again!

  17. See ya at the 2 minutes Hate!

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