Double-think at Foggy Bottom: ISIL shipping up fuel for sale, Turkey should close movement of illegal oil — but Turkey is not working with ISIL


“None so blind as those who will not see:” Top: the Transit point. Bottom: the blind.

(You translate this one. I’ll just leave it here. — Tom Winter)

December 3, 2015

A sampling of quotes from today’s news. 

Compare and contrast, because, at end, there will be a short quiz:

“We reject the premise that the Turkish government is in league with Daesh to smuggle oil. We have seen no evidence to support such an accusation.” — Julia Mason, State Department spokesperson.

“There is no Turkish government complicity in some operation to buy illegal oil. We just don’t believe that to be true in any way, shape or form.” — Mark Toner, US State Department spokesman.

 “Let me be very clear that we flatly reject any notion that the Turks are somehow working with ISIL. That is preposterous and kind of ridiculous. We absolutely, flatly reject that notion.” Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL)

“There’s about 98 km that are still used as a transit point for foreign fighters, ISIL shipping up fuel for sale that helps finance their terrorist activities.” —Barack Obama, President of the United States:

“It’s as much in the interest of Turkey to close off the movement of illegally transported oil, or to close off the passage of foreign fighters in one direction or another.” — John Kerry US Secretary of State


The short quiz:

What is preposterous? 

What is ridiculous? 

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