The defense minister stood at the podium ready to harangue the public with a barrage of unconnected excuses for not entering the fire storm occurring within a friendly nation.
“Shoot us the truth, minister” the reporter yelled. He had taken aim at the official speechifying which was the usual fumble trying to quantify our lack of quick response to the situation.
“There’s no reason to think the oppressor won’t continue to raze this small country! Aren’t we standing for “peace” anymore? Tell us what our country is really doing! Is there action behind the scenes?”
The exasperated reporter slumped back in his chair in the press room. The minister looked frustrated and annoyed by the questions, but he too wanted to know what was really going on.