Charlie Hebdo’s skirt was maybe a little too short

John Kerry decided to throw Charlie Hebdo under the bus.

Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Tuesday that there was a “rationale” for the assault on satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo, unlike the more recent attacks in Paris.

“There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry said in Paris, according to a transcript of his remarks. “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”

“This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn’t to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people,” he continued.

Sigh. Don’t do that. Say they selected Charlie Hebdo specifically while the targets on Friday were generic, if you want to, but don’t say more than that. You’re the Secretary of State, you should be able to filter your words.

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