In a conversation with WSJ reporter Jay Solomon last night, the State Department’s Marie Harf blamed the Treasury Department’s “math” for any discrepancy in the amount of money available to Iran now that they’ve been granted sanctions relief:

How exactly is a $50 billion discrepancy a “math” error?

Or both.

David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of Foreign Policy magazine, jumped in as well to further question Harf’s spin:

OK, then: How about we just say Obama administration?

But the key question for Harf: Why do we need to wait for Iran to tell us the truth?

Sad, but true:

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  • Kevin Giltrud

    Hey, look!

    Marie Harf is trying to “Voxplain” something….

    BADLY!!!

    • BuckTard

      Vox is Salon lite. At least they dont ban every opinion that they dont like tho like that gay assed salon shitfest.

      • nboptimist

        Has Vox actually become courageous enough to allow a comments section?

        • BuckTard

          Yea they have a facebook page they actually allow all opinions on. Its staggering.

    • Evie1949

      Guess that will be her next career when Obama is out of office. She and Susan Rice have got to learn to shut up…everything that comes out of their mouths is just too stupid for words.

      • Andy from Beaverton

        Her next career will be porn.

        • RSnyder

          Skinny, nerdy porn. Yuck.

        • Evie1949

          Who would pay watch her?

    • Ferrari fan

      Nuances, people, nuances! We’re just too damn stupid to understand nuances!

      • Kevin Giltrud

        “Like, I dunno.” is nuance?

        • Ferrari fan

          apparently.

  • texastommy

    Harf is a moron. Nothing more.

  • journogal

    Math iz hard!

    I wonder if I could pull the “rounding error” with the credit card company, bank or other places I have to pay the bills.

    • Arttie the Deplorable

      1040 filing season. Since my liability is much less than 50 billion, I’m allowed to round down, to zero, right?

      • Adam Wood

        Apparently, you only have to file a 520 form instead of a 1040 form.

        • Perdido

          Never sign a US Government form.

    • Deplorable Jesse-Messy Hammer

      …It isn’t about math, it’s about how the O’dmin keeps passing the buck to its own Cabinet Secretaries. “Isn’t Treasury part of the administration? Weird distinction”, tweets David Rothkopf…Well, it ain’t so weird (yet it’s appalling just the same) when considering that Democrats have blamed every war-gone-rough on the “Pentagon & Intel-community” as if those department weren’t accountable to the Commander-in-Chief either.

    • ed28

      I’m going to the well. I’m going to try that one with the IRS. My excuse will be “Obama did it.”

  • G3

    Seriously…why is she still on the public payroll?

    • journogal

      Competency isn’t a requirement in government positions. It isn’t like they have to answer to anyone, turn a profit or make sense.

    • Kevin Giltrud

      Her ability to strip chrome off trailer hitches?

      • journogal

        If it was Bill Clinton’s administration, then yes, I would go with that.

        • John W.

          If it was Bill Clinton’s administration, she would be chief of staff (pardon the pun).

      • John Bibb

        ***
        HI KG–bad optic! Eye bleach!–STAT!! Followed by trailer hitch steam cleaning work.
        ***
        Rocketman
        ***

        • Ferrari fan

          C’mon John, maybe once she takes off the glasses she’s actually hot?

          • John Bibb

            ***
            HI FF–when I was a young Army Draftee 5 decades ago–we rated the bar hogs in straight shots of T.Q. It was only 10 cents in Juarez, Mexico for basic Cuervo with lime and salt chaser.
            ***
            Not too bad looking=2 shots to make them “good to go”!
            ***
            Rough as hell=5 shots.
            ***
            350 pounds, 4 ft. 6 in. tall, and over 60=9 shots!
            ***
            Members of the Valley Girl Clown Posse=Not enough T.Q. in all of Santo Mexico!
            ***
            (Note–the pass out point for me was 4 T.Q.s–I never hung in long enough to make it to 5! Only U.S. Marines can do a 9–and enjoy it!!
            ***
            Rocketman
            ***

          • Ferrari fan

            so you’re saying I have to take off my glasses for her to be hot… nevermind then!

      • Ferrari fan

        maybe she can strip other things… >.>

    • vetgal1970

      Because she is still willing to stand up and say stuff like this.

    • Donald-Irredeemable deplorable

      Because she’s not smart enough to realize a retarded hamster can come up with more believable, logical explanations than she can. But she willingly goes in front of the press when asked to Vox-splain something, when the retarded hamster would say, “Are you kidding? I can’t say THAT with a straight face!”

    • Don Reed

      She’s a competent Lewinsky.

    • Grumpy

      Who else would have her?

      The woman is a walking blonde joke….

    • ed28

      DING DING DING DING Bingo!

  • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

    Common Core math at its finest.

    What’s sickening is I agree with George Orwell that Iran is more credible.

    • The Marathon Man

      Common core: the right answer is not as important as the fact that you tried really hard!

      • ClydeCrashcup

        Yes, for the perps of common core: 2+2=whatever you want it to be. ‘Snowflakes’ are no longer unique, they are part of the collective.

        • Ferrari fan

          not unique, but still special, every one of them.

      • Ashram13

        Heheheh…

        “Hey, no wonder this new plane crashed. The calculations for the wing’s design are way off.”

        “Well, I did my best on the math. That should have counted.”

        “It did. It counted for a wing that failed.”

        “I don’t have to take your microaggressions!”

        “What?! Oh, you’re Marie Harf, aren’t you? How did you get into aerospace from working for Obama?”

        “He knew someone who could get me this job.”

        “Oh, cronyism.”

        “No, he had connections.”

        “Like I said, cronyism. He granted favors in exchange for taking someone like you. Looks like I won’t be flying anytime soon if planes will be designed by people such as yourself.”

        “Why are you against American workers?”

        • Ferrari fan

          bingo

          • Ashram13

            Thanks.

            And if my story were true, well…

            At Boeing, 747 wings were built with what’s known as the Sutter Twist.

            I guess Marie’s wing in this amusing hypothetical would be the Harf Screw … which would be a [email protected]$$ed screw made in China.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    “Um, okay, Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer, that’ll be like $5.00… plus an extra $50 billion or so depending on how I read this Treasury Department docu-thingy. Tips are totes encouraged, too.”

    • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

      That’s a step up from what she’s really qualified for.

      • Arttie the Deplorable

        Soon to be replaced by a kiosk terminal.

      • Ferrari fan

        That’s cruel! I’m sure she’d be great as a wacky wavy flailing inflatable tube girl! Just call Al Harrington!

        • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

          I’m sorry, my bad. Tee hee!!!!

    • Karla1953

      Oh I did not page down sorry I duped this but it never gets old LOL

      • tops116 ✓Quipper

        No worries. If I had a nickel for every time I posted something someone else did, I’d have… well, it’d be less than $50 billion, at least. 🙂

    • Lizzyp

      I don’t know where this picture started, but it so perfectly sums her up that I hope it never goes away. She can go anytime, but I want this picture forever.

      • Don Reed

        I want it on a billboard 100 feet above Times Square. Unfortunately, that would encourage her presidential aspirations (and she’d STILL be a better alternative than “$100M Didn’t Buy Me Iowa” Clinton).

    • ClydeCrashcup

      I had completely forgotten about this dummy a long while back. No surprise though that she continues to swipe taxpayer money thru her “job” @ State.

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    “Administration either dishonest or incompetent. Which is it?”

    Those options aren’t mutually exclusive.

    • ChiTownGal

      BOTH…..CONCURRENTLY

  • kennyraisin

    She just doesn’t look right without the golden arches behind her.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

    Whats $50 billion in the scheme of things?

    • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

      $50 billion here, $50 billion there, sooner or later you are talking about real money. — Paraphrase of the late Sen. Everett Dirksen

  • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

    Our administration does everything by Price is Right rules. — If the White House knew about the “Treasury Department” error, why didn’t they say anything? Why did they wait until Iran made it public?

    • hotwaterbottle

      They were hoping no one would notice, I’m sure.

      • Perdido

        Other than some cave-dwelling savages with chicken bones and beads, no one did.

    • vetgal1970

      Maybe they were counting on their new friends in Iran to not make it public

    • Ferrari fan

      Come on, man, what’s $50 billion between friends… and friends that want to destroy us… Besides, $50 billion is nothing when you think about the 10,000 non-suicide lives taken every year by the real evil in the world. GUNS!

  • HiltonHead_Dude

    I’ve never seen an entire administration that relishes showing their stupidity at every opportunity as a way to explain poor negotiating skills.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS8RjCRolSM Sanchez Crazy as a Loon

    I miss Harf and her sweater puppies.

    • The Marathon Man

      She still can’t rock the glasses like Kat Timpf, though….

      • Donald-Irredeemable deplorable

        Kat’s cute, but somebody needs to hold her down and force-feed her half a tuna sandwich and double her weight.

        • The Marathon Man

          Roger Wilco on that. Or just toss her into the middle of a Golden Corral buffet table….

  • Arttie the Deplorable

    She’s angling for a job at Onion.

    • Russ

      Except, with real news going the way it has lately, The Onion no longer has a reason to exist.

      • Grumpy

        True. Trying to make a living writing political satire these days must be like trying to run a strip club at a nudist colony.

  • R_Stephan

    They lost 50billion here, clinton lost 6 billion when she was Secretary, what difference does it make? That’s chump change.

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    Yet another Harf-arsed excuse.

  • RblDiver

    Their Common Core friendly numbers weren’t being very friendly.

  • Askwatch

    “Dishonest or incompetent.” All Democrats, and most politicians, are either liars, fools, or both. This has been demonstrated most starkly by Hillary’s email “difficulties.”

  • Russ

    Wow. A 100% “rounding error” always manages to go to the other party, doesn’t it? It’s never in our favor. Makes Hillary’s State Department MIA $6B look like small potatoes by comparison.

    • John W.

      I think we can expect Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to conduct a press conference later today to clear up this “rounding error” business. I believe he will state that yes, there was an error in the calculation, but not a rounding error. Instead, it was a misplaced decimal. So, rather than release $50 billion to the Islamic regime in Iran, we accidentally released $500 billion.

  • tamanator

    Is this dumb ass still alive? I thought she had long passed away!

  • Karla1953
  • Inspector

    Marie harfing up another pile of Psaki

  • globalcrap

    50 billion dollars of our tax dollars should have never been given to these Islamic terrorist. Wake up America, 50 billion of our tax dollars would have put American people working , building up America

    • tim

      Unless obozo gave it to a ” green ” company to go bankrupt in a few months

  • Carolyn#OYSD

    So, we either have a Treasury Dept that is inept (scary given that they control OUR money), or we have a corrupt White House who seeks to give our enemies every advantage they can.

    Neither bodes well for us.

    • Wyatt48

      We seem to have both.

  • Jerry Shelton

    She was out the day they taught math in elementary school

  • Rogue Cheddar

    What’s 50 billion amongst friends.

  • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

    If that is close enough for the Treasury Department, I can’t wait till for them to process my $49 Billion dollar tax return.

    • Don Reed

      And they’ll send you $75 Billion — and forget to adhere the stamp to the envelope.

  • D H

    a billion here, a billion there, it’s all between friends

  • Deplorable Member Berry

    Gee, ya think this excuse would wash with the IRS?

    • Perdido

      Well, that depends, now doesn’t it?

  • SnarkyGCat

    It wasn’t us that got it wrong, it was them. Wait we all have the same boss? Sonofabitch. I never know how to throw the right people under the bus.

    Do over? It must be those repubs in congress that got it wrong. Yea that’s it. That’s the ticket.

    • Donald-Irredeemable deplorable

      That EVIL, vast right wing conspiracy strikes again. Damn that thing is talented, yet it never seems to do anything beneficial for ANYBODY. Weird huh?

  • vetgal1970

    The poor Buck is now treated as a hot potato and stops nowhere

  • Nos Nevets

    The buck stops where? Iran.

    • KHSoldier(Ret)&Writer

      Not really….it just keeps going to HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH, or a any one of a dozen other terrorist groups.

  • Donald-Irredeemable deplorable

    OK Miss Harf, so what you’re saying is that you have been told THIS is TWELVE INCHES your whole life, and you later find out it’s actually ONE inch, the most important thing to you (and the administration) is naming which guy told you the truth, but the fact the NUMBER was wrong is completely irrelevant?

  • setnaffa

    They harfed it again…

  • Jeff H ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ comic genius

    Yeah, you say 50¢, I say $1. What’s to quibble about?

  • Evie1949

    “…the decision makers at the State and Treasury departments serve at the pleasure of the President…” reminds me of Sebileus saying that as HHS secretary she was an employee of the President not the American public. That is exactly what is wrong with the employees in these Alphabet departments – they do not think they are part of the government Of, By and For the people.

    • Donald-Irredeemable deplorable

      Considering ALL the s#!t the government does to it’s citizens, without penalty or recriminations (IRS, ATF, ICE, HHS, FDA, etc.) it STOPPED being Of, By, or For the people, a loooooooooong time ago.

  • constitutionminded

    Climate change. It was hot in the office and the guy with the pencil was sweating all over the paperwork.

    • Suzyqpie

      Something that weak and asinine would not surprise me in the least. MSM would promote how hot Governemnt offices are because Rublicans & sequester.

  • https://disqus.com/home/channel/ncaafchattertalkaboutcollegefootball/ David ✓’ed out

    Hmmm…okay, Marie Harf vs. Matt Iglesias vs. Sally Kohn in a stupid-off battle. Who wins?

    • KHSoldier(Ret)&Writer

      It doesn’t matter because we ALL lose.

    • Name

      There’s a celebrity death match I’d like to see…..

    • Fingolfin

      Cher.

      • https://disqus.com/home/channel/ncaafchattertalkaboutcollegefootball/ David ✓’ed out

        And we have a surprise entrant!

        • Fingolfin

          No one ever expects the Cher! (Mostly because she is an old drug addled hippie).

          • https://disqus.com/home/channel/ncaafchattertalkaboutcollegefootball/ David ✓’ed out

            Wait until we get to the main event, a Hell-im-be-cil death match featuring Rachel Madcow disease vs. Debbie Wassername-Schmuck. Should be a real slobberknocker.

  • sizemorew

    Math is hard, I guess. Though that is a huge rounding error.

    Off-topic, but the image of the woman scratching her head looks a lot like my cousin but not quite. Evidence that everyone’s got a twin somewhere, I suppose.

  • Fingolfin

    Remember folks, the Bernbots want you to believe that corporations engaging in “runaway capitalism” are the cause of societal ills and that the government should take our money because they are better at managing it for the benefit of us all.

  • bobbyt1964

    The TRUE legacy of the Odiot administration: (1) The government of Iran is proven to be more trustworthy and ethical than the government of the US (2) In a matchup between leaders, regular working-class Americans root for Putin to dominate Oidiot

    • Dan Cochran

      I’m thinking we’ll see a sort of repeat of Clinton/W – a terrorist attack made possible by Clinton happened during Bush’s presidency.

      • Perdido

        Maybe they’ll use one of the mighty praise allah tanks their building.

  • bifski

    my GOD 8 years of this had been hell…can’t…wait….til…november

  • © Sponge

    I don’t know that there’s been a more ignorant bunch of idiots occupying the White House at one time. They’re about as stupid as they think WE are.

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/heroes-behind-the-badge/heroes-behind-badge-sacrifice-survival.html Meatzilla ✓ᴵᴿᴿᴱᴰᴱᴱᴹᴬᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

    SMART POWER!

  • moodydon

    There are so many things one could say…

    1. It’s Bush’s fault…

    2. How many other ’rounding errors’ are happening?
    Are we sure the national debt is really $19 trillion?
    Could it be $10T?
    Or is it really $38T?

  • Randy C. Lindsey

    It’s Bush’s fault.

    • Perdido

      It is! If Bush would have let Obama run the country the last seven years none of this would have happened.

  • Perdido

    What difference, at this point, does it make, anyway?

  • Mike Gable

    His mouthpieces all need some training, even when they know the question they fumble more than Tom Brady.

  • Grumpy

  • bicentennialguy

    Oh God, she’s back. Was she so incompetent that Hot Dog on a Stick fired her and she had to come crawling back?

  • surfdog

    So the incompetent Harf is calling the treasury secretary Lew incompetent . Pot vs kettle .
    Is there even one competent person in this administration ?

    • Harold Patterson

      No.

  • http://wandererswaysite.wordpress.com Wanderer

    Fifty billion looks like this:

    50,000,000,000.

    That’s ten, count ’em, ten zeroes.

    That’s not burying the Mars Rover in the ground. That’s sending the Mars Rover to Alpha Centauri.

  • Leadrunner

    Harf is perfect for the Obama Admin, a complete idiot.

  • KC

    She lays blame as good as any liberal.

  • neon

    Marie Harf knows that there is not a damn thing any of you can do about it, so doesn’t really care. Important thing is that the terrorists got their money. That was the focus and the purpose of the deal. Jarrett, Kerry, Obama and the lot are laughing in our faces.

  • Michael Watson

    Every time I see this idiot Marie Harf I want to barf. She is one Stu Pidfuck. Oh wait, King EGobama gave her a promotion. What a dumb ass.

  • Independence_R_US

    Seem Obama & his crew used more of that spedial math…COMMOM CORE. One doesn’t need to get the right answerse. Just show an attemtp. Just like most of Oblunders blunders.

  • David

    Is the U.S. Treasury Department that to the penny know how much money you made last year?

  • John Bibb

    ***
    You know we’re all in really deep doo-doo when Marie Barf, Victoryless Newland, Susanna Arroz, Long Jacques Kerry, or the rest of their dysfunctional State Department (of confusion!) Valley Girl Clown Posse gets up to “splain” something to us rubes!
    ***
    The stupid–and cupid!–is overpoweringly strong in this group. Maybe some unknown anti Muslim video maker hiding out in Kalifornia is responsible for the minor $50 BILLION! buck error. Or maybe it was caused by Globull Warming / Climate Change.
    ***
    Rocketman
    ***

    • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

      You left out Samantha Power the leftist Ambassador to the Useless Nations. She believes our military should be used to fight against injustice, but not in defense of our own interests.

      • John Bibb

        ***
        HI NP–It’s a target rich environment out there! I usually refer to her as Samantha Powerless. After a while–they all start looking–and acting!–the same.
        ***
        Rocketman
        ***

  • Acuda4me ✓Please!

    “They forgot to carry the $50 Billion.”

  • sissi212

    Experts at the Treasury Dept who screwed up- maybe on purpose!

  • pompis1

    We have a bunch of incompetent individuals running the government. Liars, and thieves that’s about it. The American people are sick and tired of the tyrannical government.

  • Mike Knox

    Harf really said “50 Billion 100 Billion at this point what difference does it make?”

  • Stephen Lowe

    I missed the Clairol girl, where has she been? Repairing her split ends?

  • Deplorable Nigel Pinchley

    Don’t tell me… The genius at Treasury who made the “error” is Harf’s twin sister?

  • Robert Pekarik

    Fundamental transformation of mathematics. Nothing in America will be left untouched by this corrupt, incompetent and anti-American administration.

  • Ginger1236

    So the us treasury dept can’t math. Well alrighty then.

  • freeinaz

    Our rulers are stupid – Donald J. Trump
    One thing I can wholeheartedly agree with him on.

  • Orion

    ;-)))) following the procedures of the core curriculum… $150,000,000,000,00 – = $50,000,000,000.00….

  • Buddy

    She always makes me think back to the Manson girls.

  • DoubledayCafe

    Anyone watch her briefings at State before she got fired or demoted, or whatever? She was ditzy then. Ditzy now, and very slick.

  • ed28

    Yikes, the State Department’s HARF-ass has surfaced and cleared her blow hole. AGAIN! Somebody please harpoon this whale and put us out of her misery!

  • Kamelhaj

    Common Core math!

  • Warrior

    Somewhere the “harf parents” must be “beaming”!

  • dave72

    Hart – a different version of bimbo eruptions.

  • ReeFungorio

    The buck stops anywhere but here.

  • malclave

    How exactly is a $50 billion discrepancy a “math” error?

    It’s complex.

    And by that I mean any statement coming out of the Obama administration should be assumed to have an imaginary component.

  • Whoaboy

    Typical lib c u next Thursday

  • oldshortfatboy

    There’s good reason why she’s known as harf-wit.

  • Todd Rhoades

    Now the Iranians can be trusted more than the White House……kind of ironic.

  • billzehner

    “Marie Harf blames Treasury Dept. for $50B Iran deal ’rounding error’”

    Perhaps this is the reason that our national debt is now $19 trillion. One would think that Treasury would require competency in mathematics before it hires the stooges for the department.

  • 8gary8

    Is there any doubt this White House cannot be trusted?

  • Joe Joe

    The money was either deliberately diverted or wasn’t there to begin with. Harf is a low level flunkie–the diversion or deception was carried out way beyond her level.