Helen Thomas, being a real reporter asks, "Why didn't you initially condemn it?"
President Obama has expressed "deep regret" at the deaths caused by the incident. He also "expressed the importance of learning all the facts and circumstances around this morning's tragic events as soon as possible," according to a White House statement. Does he know that one of the nine dead is a United States Citizen? Many countries are angry at this milquetoast response by our leadership, including Turkey which has been allied with both the United States and Israel. Remember the initial statement was that Obama wanted the investigation to be lead by Israel. That is like a defendant leading the prosecutorial investigation in their own case.
“The initial reaction to the flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful. What do you mean you regret something that should be so strongly condemned, and if any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms? What is this sacrosanct ironclad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts every aid and abet… the boycott?”, Helen Thomas.
Just think if Venezuela, Cuba, or Iran had done such a thing. We certainly would have immediately condemned their actions and seriously considered military action. Israel is the fair haired child of the United States.
P.J. Crowley, assistant Secretary for Public Affairs on June 1st 2010:
“Ahh, we believe Israel is in the best position to conduct, ahh, an investigation of what transpired and as we have said, ahh, we want to make sure it is prompt, impartial, credible, and transparent.”
My assumption is the United States government already knows what the outcome of the investigation will be. They want the Israelis to lead the investigation. If both Israel and the United States are working together to make this story come out a certain way we will never get the truth. I want all of the videos and audios from the flotilla and the Israeli Army to be put together in chronological order so we can see exactly what happened. You can bet the Israelis have all of that information in their possession and we will only see the segments they want us to see.
The reporters ask multiple questions about why Israel would be the best choice to lead the investigation and assistant secretary Crowley had a hard time giving them an answer, “we’re just asking you to explain your logic...we just want to know why you think they are in the best position.” He then says because these were Israeli forces that carried out the action they felt the Israelis were in the best position to investigate what happened. Why? Because the United States has committed war crimes and they do not want to set a precedent that someone else investigates. If you investigate your own war crimes you can cover up and spin the facts.
The press did a good job in that interview. Hopefully the government will generate some answers to their questions.
UPDATE From the Huffington Post:
Also on Thursday, the U.S. State Department said that Obama administration officials had warned Israel to use caution and restraint when dealing with the activists as their ships were heading toward Gaza.
"We communicated with Israel through multiple channels many times regarding the flotilla," P.J. Crowley, a State Department spokesman, said in a statement to the Washington Post. "We emphasized caution and restraint given the anticipated presence of civilians, including American citizens."
Turkey has made an announcement that one of the bodies they received from Israel was an American citizen who was living in Turkey, Furkan Dogan. He had lived in Turkey since he was two. Now the White House suddenly wants to start changing their tune a little. They shot him five times at close range, four in the head and once in the chest. He was 19 and still in high school.