As exercises in cognitive dissonance go, it’s hard to beat the first sentence of this Washington Post report on events in Ukraine:
Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday despite a fragile cease-fire, as pro-Russian rebels appeared to be close to capturing the strategically important Donetsk airport.
This ceasefire appears to be fragile in the sense that a piece of china you have just shattered is fragile.
In the Post’s defense, at least some of the parties to the truce still speak as though it is still in effect. The Ukrainian government, perhaps fearing the military consequences of a complete breakdown and hoping to buy some time, is “reluctant” to declare the agreement over, according to the Post.
JERUSALEM—Forty-five years after Israeli commandos planted listening devices on Jordanian territory in order to monitor military movements, Israeli experts crossed back into Jordan this week at the invitation of the Jordanian government to uproot the devices and neutralize the explosives attached to them.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appeared before a congressional committee today to address concerns over the recent breach of the White House by a deranged and armed and surprisingly swift 42-year-old who wanted to tell the president that the atmosphere was collapsing.
She did not encounter a warm reception.