Associated Press State Department Correspondent Matthew Lee asks a simple question. Given that the U.S. claims to want to stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Israel's war on the people of Gaza...
"What’s wrong with an immediate cease-fire that doesn’t have to be sustainable and durable if, during the pause that you get from an immediate cease-fire, something longer-term can be negotiated?"
LEE: . . . if what is proposed has a time limit or you don’t think it’s durable or sustainable, you’re not going to support that; correct?
MCCORMACK: That’s correct.
LEE: That – so while you want one immediately --
LEE: -- you will not accept one that is just a short or a temporary pause?
MCCORMACK: Again, we have deep concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and for the innocent lives on both sides --
LEE: Well, if you do --
MCCORMACK: -- both sides of --
LEE: If you do --
[...]LEE: Sean, can I go back to the question I asked yesterday?
LEE: I don’t – I still am not sure I understand your reasoning as to why, if innocent life can be saved --
LEE: -- even one innocent life can be saved by a temporary pause --
LEE: -- ceasefire, what’s wrong with that? Why --
MCCORMACK: There’s – look, I know that that is a point of view that is supported by many. And we value every single life, absolutely. But you also don’t want to get into a situation where you are trading off – you know, trading off saving even one life now, against losing 30, 40, 50 or more in the future and being right back in the same situation.
LEE: But you don’t know that you’re going to --
MCCORMACK: I know, Matt. Look, there’s no cookie-cutter approach to trying to solve these problems. . . But we are pursuing the course that we believe is in the best interests of the United States, as well as the people in the region.
LEE: But do you understand the impression that that gives or the – that that gives? I mean, that position that you take appears to many people to be a – the proverbial green light for the Israelis to go ahead and do whatever they want until they think that they’re done?
Lee pressed the States Department spokesman on their illogical position for two days, but none of Lee's questions or the State Department's answers ever appeared in his final articles. AP editors stripped all references to these questions out of his articles, and instead, gave one of his articles the hopeful yet misleading headline "Rice Traveling to UN to Push Gaza Cease-Fire".