You can’t make this up…
Barack Obama, in awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to the intrepid anti-Nazi Jan Karski, spoke of the “Polish death camps” which Karski had penetrated in order to report on what was really going on inside.
Actually, they were German Nazi camps situated in brutally conquered Poland.
The White House has published a public non-apology apology, regretting the “misspeak” and stressing that it shouldn’t detract from the occasion.
Except that there is no way that such a gaffe can “not detract…”
A couple of other notes.
First, “death,” in this case, is a weasel word. These camps weren’t mere death camps. They were extermination camps, designed specifically to destroy an entire people. That should have been made explicit.
Second, Obama mentioned in his remarks that Jan Karski had brought his information to FDR. True enough. What he didn’t mention was that FDR, to use Karski’s own words, was “rather noncommittal.” In other words, he did nothing. He wasn’t alone in that, but the fact remains that he, the President of these United States, did nothing. That, too, should have been mentioned, but then Obama also specializes in doing nothing while people suffer and die. Ask any member of the Iranian or Syrian resistance.