‘Dumbest deflection of the century’: State Dept. Marie Harf tops her past breathtaking ignorant moments

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf continued her years-long string of idiotic news briefings on Monday by first trying to head off questions about the Obama administration’s embarrassing absence from a gathering of world leaders in Paris, then trying to argue the absence wasn’t such a big deal after all.

Unfortunately for Harf, the issue she tried to distract reporters with was the activities of the Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group in Nigeria. That would be the Boko Haram group that’s kidnapped hundreds of girls to be forced into “marriage” with Islamist fighters. So far, the Obama White House’s most memorable contribution has been a selfie of Michelle Obama pouting over the girls’ sexual slavery.

If that sounded like an odd thing for the State Department spokeswoman to want to talk about, her performance during the rest of the briefing — vainly trying to explain away the U.S. failure to appear at the Paris gathering — explained it.

“We make decisions like these based on a variety of factors,” Harf said, in a classically obtuse Harf formulation. “There are just a variety of factors we take into account …

“I’m not going to get into what our internal conversations look like.”

Besides, she noted, the whole thing was getting more attention in the United States than it was in France. So to paraphrase another great American diplomat, at this point, what difference does it make?

Social media rightfully skewered her for her stupidity.


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