Ah, Jen Psaki, festival of fail, we will miss her in this role…
American writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death on the street, his wife who was with him was also attacked when she tried to defend him. She survived. Ansar Bangla, an Islamist group, has claimed responsibility. Roy had written critically of Islamic radicals and had been on their hit list for years.
Those are all known facts.
Yet you’d never know it from Psaki’s statement. Here’s the full statement to reporters in all its brief glory. One scant paragraph, that’s all an American life is worth to the Obama regime. Then “With that, Matt”, we’re done, and it’s on to congratulations to one of the reporter’s friends for getting married soon.
MS. PSAKI: On Bangladesh, the United States condemns in the strongest terms the brutal murder of Avijit Roy, which was horrific in its brutality and cowardice. Avijit was a journalist, a humanist, a husband, and a friend, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. He was taken from us in a shocking act of violence. This was not just an attack against a person, but a cowardly assault on the universal principles enshrined in Bangladesh’s constitution and the country’s proud tradition of free intellectual and religious discourse.
With that, Matt.
QUESTION: All right. Well, just on the Bangladesh —
MS. PSAKI: Oh, can I add one more thing?
MS. PSAKI: We have a couple of friends in the back here – hello – who are visiting with us today. So we have two ladies, Jennifer and Ali, visiting, and Joe, who is one of Ryan’s friends, who is also getting married soon.
Okay. Go ahead, Matt.
QUESTION: So on the Bangladesh murder —
MS. PSAKI: Yes.
QUESTION: — does the – is the Administration at a point where it can ascribe any kind of motive to this? Do you believe that it was anything more than just a murder? It certainly seems that the circumstances surrounding it would indicate that it is.
MS. PSAKI: We don’t have more information at this point. We, of course, will provide consular assistance as is appropriate. We’re also – stand ready to assist in the investigation if asked. Clearly, we know his background, which was why I outlined it, but don’t have anything to ascribe in terms of a motive in this case.
Of course, absolutely no mention of the “I” word. No mention of the claim of responsibility by Islamists. Not even an empty promise of retaliation.