HOT BLAST: A translation guide to foreign policy talk
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks from the State Department on the topic of Syria last Sunday. (AP Photo/APTN)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks from the State Department on the topic of Syria last Sunday. (AP Photo/APTN)
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Micah Zenko at Foreign Policy offers what's easily our favorite thing of the week -- A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish: Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.

Here's a sample:

"We're in close consultation with X": We're going through the pretense of listening to others in an effort to spread the blame and burden.

 "I would refer you to..." (version one): See the earlier comments by a senior official that do not address your question.

"I would refer you to..." (version two): See the spokesperson at another agency who also will not answer your question.

 


 
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