Honoring the Clapper principle, in terms of savoring and selecting "the least untruthful truth," the Obama administration is currently now here now there on whether the recent coup in Egypt is really a coup.
US officials have been struggling with blurry eyes in taking a look at Egypt via their monitors and super-scopes, because the military there, once firmly behind Mubarak, has resumed power.
The Egyptian military, after all, was only following the spirit of the Arab Spring and Tahrir Square, acting "for the will of the people" against "the will of the other people we want to get rid of."
So, all that roaring of the millions or maybe only the thousands or however many it actually was in support of the military action, including all that saluting the helicopters and cheering, was actually "in the spirit of democracy."
And in this liberal and decent law-abiding process the elected government of a year previous was ousted, its leader Morsi put in jail, and now at least 100 people have been shot dead and many more injured for protesting.
"Ah," say US officials (who insist on remaining anonymous),"we're not sure about calling this thing in Egypt a coup. So, using the Clapper Principle, we will say, in terms of the least untruthful truth, maybe we need to re-define the word 'coup'?"
But "just in case" it is a coup, the Obama administration will delay on sending four F-16 fighters to Egypt. This in honor of "the lookin' good" principle, inherited from the Bush and Clinton presidencies.
Meanwhile, US lobbyists and CEO's of arms manufacturers can rest assured the US aid and binding agreements to Egypt will loop back to them as with purchases of tanks which continue to be stockpiled in warehouses in the desert.
As to further Morsi protesters, Egypt will continue to defend herself under the "business as usual" principle.