Just imagine if your job was to run official cover for the most transparent presidential administration ever. After perfunctory, pre-presser preening, powdering, and accessorizing in front of a mirror, you would stand before cameras and microphones, reiterating nonsense, blabbering half-truths, parsing incoherent pronouncements, retracting misstatements, clarifying ambiguities, unraveling inconsistencies, covering rear-ends, and, of course, pointing out squirrels.
The worst of it (gosh, what a drag; can't we just put-out a press release?) is having to explain why the shutting-down of another U.S. embassy under imminent threat of being overrun by Islamic fanatics is not surrender. The U.S. has cleared-out its embassies in Libya, Syria, and now, Yemen. Better to clear out than to risk another Benghazi-style massacre of U.S. Embassy personnel. Right? I am not so sure. By abandoning post at U.S. embassies in Muslim hot-spots, we are signaling irresolution and weakness; a willingness to capitulate. This may be the way America does things now, but, the damage to America's global standing and to the American psyche--I speak specifically of my own--is significant.
Oh! Here are a few accessorizing tips for surrender flunkeys: For the guys, a simple American flag lapel pin is all you need, so everyone knows whose side you are on. For gals, I am currently into clunky costume jewelry. Maybe a jade statement necklace. Unless you are wearing eyeglasses with thick, black frames. In that case, go with a nice big pin.
Gotta run. I hear a loud commotion at the front gate of my compound.