The White House Made an Error About One of the Most Sensitive Geopolitical Situations on Earth

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Just about everyone has made a typo at one point. It’s not the biggest deal. What is a big deal is when the White House releases an official statement on Iranian nuclear weapons that includes a typo which changes their message so much that it winds up making a false statement about one of the most delicate international issues on the planet.

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That, amazingly, seems to be exactly what happened late Monday evening, when the Trump administration was forced to amend an emailed statement which claimed Iran “has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried & failed to hide from the world.”

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“Has.” Present tense. Currently existing in the here and now.

Seems bad, right? Especially given President Donald Trump’s not-so-subtle hints that he plans to pull the United States out of the nuclear deal that aims to prevent Iran from having a “robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program.”

But if you look at the version of that same statement that was posted to the White House website itself shortly thereafter, you’ll notice a small, but significant difference:

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“Had.” Past tense. Oopsie!

According to the White House, the unsubstantiated claim that Iran currently has a top secret atomic bomb program was the result of a “clerical error,” which is the sort of thing ordinary people blame for a phone bill that’s too high, or magazine subscriptions sent to Ms. Chanandler Bong. 

Senior writer. When in doubt he'll have the soup.

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