At the recent meeting of leaders and heads of state of dozens of nations in Washington, D.C., much was discussed about protecting nuclear stockpiles from falling into the hands of rogue states or terrorist groups. President Obama called for the meeting. Laudible. His White House handled the press releases. Not well done.
First President Obama said through press meetings and staff releases that the meetings were necessarily held in secret because of the delicate nature and dangerous materials involved. Baloney. Some heads of state told their own national press corps that there was nothing so important discussed in the meetings that they couldn't have been held in a more open fashion. Others commented that the real pertinent discussions took place between two or three heads of state [i.e. Russia and the U.S., or NATO nations and China, etc.]. That was where the rubber hit the road.
Yes, it was a very important meeting. But the press releases and comments from the Obama administration were inaccurate, to say the least. He mentioned, for instance, that China had agreed concerning stricter sanctions and actions to be imposed on Iran. That may have sounded good in the Obama nomenclature, but the Chinese leaders portrayed things very differently.
President Obama, we don't need spin, we need accuracy about what happened. Not only in this meeting, but in all things pertinent to commitments made by the U.S.,, and what actually has taken place. We have had too many presidents try to bluff us, misdirect us, keep important information from the American public. Of course there may be times when secrecy and confidentiality are necessary, but it is overused by the White House. Stop it! I don't want spin, I want facts. I don't want propaganda, I want accurate information.