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October 7, 2015 11:54 am

AP Reporter Challenges State Department on Double Standards for Civilians Killed in Combat (VIDEO)

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State Department spokesman Mark Toner squirms as he answers the AP reporter's question about U.S. double standards in relation to Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner squirms as he answers the AP reporter’s question about U.S. double standards in relation to Israel. Photo: Screenshot.

The Associated Press’ Matt Lee tripped up State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Monday for appearing to hold the Israeli military to a higher standard than that of the U.S.

The challenge on the part of the journalist came in the wake of last weekend’s tragic U.S. air strike in Kurduz, Afganistan, which hit a Doctors Without Borders facility, leaving 22 dead.

Lee questioned Toner over a 2014 State condemnation of an Israeli strike over Gaza, which hit a U.N. shelter, saying that the U.S. was “appalled” by such “disgraceful shelling,” and that “the suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”

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Toner tried to address Lee’s question by stating that the airstrike in Afghanistan was clearly unintentional, and that Lee should give him “a pass” until the investigation is carried out. At this point, Lee reminded Toner that the U.S. condemnation of the IDF strikes was issued before an investigation.

Lee asked whether the U.S. would call last weekend’s air strike “appalling and disgraceful,” to which Toner deflected and stressed the importance of carrying out an investigation.

Watch a video of the exchange below:

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  • Atilla

    I’d prefer to think that a REAL military commander got pi**ed off with those treasonous Doctors Without Borders
    ( who repair Taliban vermin who rape and murder civilians and US military personnel and give them shelter and store weapons ) and ” forgot ” the enemy saving RoE, and conducted a war as it should be conducted by killing the enemy.

    All Doctors Without Borders should be executed as traitors for assisting the enemy.

  • Myron Robinson

    As usual double standards apply against Israel

  • Our youngest, a daughter, watched this video with me. She says now is not exactly a good time to be a spokesperson for any part of the USA administration. I’d add: Pot, meet Kettle.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    Well done Matt Lee – you deserve a medal! Obama’s propaganda machine will not be able to squirm out of this one very easily.MSF has rejected Obama’s apology and wants an independent inquiry.No more ,no less.Isn’t that what is always demanded of Israel?The US has committed an “appalling and disgraceful” war crime and the whole world is holding it responsible – whatever the the Obama regime’s own investigation (read : cover-up) will reveal.

  • Fred

    Of course, anything the US does should not be questioned.
    Only Israel has no rights to defense.

  • Alain Barchichat

    What’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander, eh?

  • shloime

    “quod licet jovi non licet bovi” is not exactly a new idea.

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