Incompatability in Action

The New York Times reports today on an Obama administration plan to require wiretapping backdoors in all encrypted communications. Here is the closing quotation, from Valerie E. Caproni, who is General Counsel at the FBI:

They [communications providers] can promise strong encryption. They just need to figure out how they can provide us plain text.

Is it too much to ask that government officials make more of an effort to hide the contradictions in their bad ideas?