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Poisoning a former Russian spy become double agent and his daughter with a military grade nerve agent developed by Russia appears very targeted, very selective, and very much the opposite of “indiscriminate”.
And, yet, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated: “The attack was reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible“.
Indiscrimate is a highfalutin word for Sanders’ native Arkansas. Did she choose the word? Does she know what it means? Was it planned ahead or just popped out of her mouth randomly. It is a strange choice of words. Why not just say that they are reviewing the evidence, if that were the case?
1. Not making or based on careful distinctions; unselective: an indiscriminate shopper; indiscriminate taste in music.
2. Random; haphazard: indiscriminate violence; an indiscriminate assortment of used books for sale.
3. Confused; chaotic: the indiscriminate policies of the previous administration.
4. Unrestrained or wanton; profligate: indiscriminate spending.
American Heritage Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016: indiscriminate
The British Prime Minister said “It is now clear that Mr Skripal and his daughter were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. This is part of a group of nerve agents known as ‘Novichok’. Based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down; our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and would still be capable of doing so; Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; and our assessment that Russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations; the Government has concluded that it is highly likely that Russia was responsible for the act against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Mr Speaker, there are therefore only two plausible explanations for what happened in Salisbury on the 4th of March. Either this was a direct act by the Russian State against our country. Or the Russian government lost control of this potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others…” (Excerpted from “PM Commons statement on Salisbury incident: 12 March 2018“, which is reproduced here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/salisbury-poisonings-by-russian-type-military-grade-nerve-agent-either-this-was-a-direct-act-by-the-russian-state-or-the-russian-govt-lost-control-of-the-nerve-agent-and-let-it-fall-into-the-hands-of/ )
Sanders’ statement was well after the UK PM’s statement since the UK is hours ahead.
Excerpted from the White House “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Issued on: March 12, 2018, James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, 3:06 P.M. EDT:
“Q Sarah, I was hoping you could comment on news out of Great Britain today. Theresa May saying that the British government believes that Russia was behind the attempted murder and poisoning of a former spy with a nerve agent that has a Russian manufacturer. Is that the assessment of the United States government, number one?
Does the United States government plan on designating Russia as — like it did North Korea, earlier this year, regarding the murder of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother — of Russia using chemical weapons?
And, three, will there be any repercussions for Russia from the United States, in coordination with its British allies?
MS. SANDERS: Look, we’ve been monitoring the incident closely, take it very seriously. The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage. The attack was reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible. We offer the fullest condemnation, and we extend our sympathy to the victims and their families, and our support to the UK government. We stand by our closest ally and the special relationship that we have.
Q So you’re not saying that Russia was behind this act?
MS. SANDERS: Right now, we are standing with our UK ally. I think they’re still working through even some of the details of that. And we’re going to continue to work with the UK, and we certainly stand with them throughout this process.
Q Theresa May said it was either Russia using it themselves or that it had given its chemical weapons to a third party to murder a British citizen, the latter being highly unlikely, given the nature of this weapon. So —
MS. SANDERS: Like I just said, Zeke, we stand with our ally. And we certainly fully support them, and are ready if we can be of any assistance to them.”
From a VOA report:
“Criticism for Trump
This reckless, targeted hit-job was an attack against the United Kingdom and we must condemn it,” Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from the state of Illinois, said on Twitter.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the use of any nerve agent “is horrendous and completely unacceptable.”
“The U.K. is a highly valued ally, and this incident is of great concern to NATO. NATO is in touch with the U.K. authorities on this issue,” Stoltenberg said.
President Donald Trump has faced criticism for his lack of tough words about Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, after U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Moscow sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
On Monday, 140 members of the opposition Democratic Party called on Trump to impose sanctions on Russia.
The Democrats say Trump is “ignoring the law” by not imposing sanctions on Moscow under the bipartisan Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
“We’ve given you the tools needed to meet this challenge. If you continue to leave those tools on the shelf, we will push for additional legislative action with more stringent requirements,” according to the letter. “If you refuse to protect the United States from a hostile foreign government, Congress must act on our own. The future of our democracy is on the line.” Excerpted from “White House Calls Attack on Ex-Spy in UK ‘An Outrage,’ But Doesn’t Mention Russia“, March 12, 2018 6:15 PM, by Steve Herman, https://www.voanews.com/a/white-house-attack-united-kingdom-former-spy-outrage-russia/4295542.html
(Emphasis our own.)