This is what diplo-speak looks like:
- “We’re evaluating the situation”: We still haven’t done anything.
- “Events on the ground are fluid”: If I articulate an official position on what’s happening, somebody could get upset with my word choice.
- “All options are on the table“: Bombs.
- “We can’t rule anything out”: We retain the right to do anything and everything.
- “Our position has been very clear“: Let me re-read some nonspecific generalizations from the briefing book that don’t address your question.
- “We welcome this debate“: After harnessing the federal government’s resources to hide the issue, we’re going to dilute it with adjectives, already-public information, and selective leaking.
- “We have serious concerns“: The harshest possible condemnation of an American ally.
- “Intolerable”: Tolerable — obviously, since we’re still only talking about it.
- “Policy X is not aimed at any one country“: Policy X is aimed at China or Iran.
- “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.