Skip to comments.Lame Excuse of the Month ( “Not his views?” )
Posted on 10/22/2006 10:29:40 PM PDT by george76
Tonight State Department official Alberto Fernandez apologized for his outrageous statements to Al Jazeera televisionbut the damage is done: Envoy Sorry for Iraq Stupidity Comment :
(AP) A senior U.S. diplomat apologized Sunday night for saying U.S. policy in Iraq displayed arrogance and stupidity.
A day after his remarks in an interview were broadcast by the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Alberto Fernandez issued a written apology through the State Department press office.
Upon reading the transcript of my appearance on Al-Jazeera, I realized that I seriously misspoke by using the phrase there has been arrogance and stupidity by the U.S. in Iraq, said Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in States Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department, Fernandez added. I apologize.
(Excerpt) Read more at littlegreenfootballs.com ...
Then why did he say it? "
He should resign.
or be terminated
a Clinton left over ?
Yesterday would have been too slow.
right before our elections
You mean, this wasn't a Scott Ott parody about the State Department? . . .
Fernandez spoke in fluent Arabic in the interview, which Al-Jazeera said was taped in Washington on Friday.
His remarks were translated into English by The Associated Press.
must have been visiting with Anderson Cooper and maybe Jimmah Carter and got all swept up in the love....
previous discussion link:
" Envoy Sorry for Iraq 'Stupidity' Comment..."
turd. Go away.
should be fired.
" State Department Official Apologizes for Criticism of U.S. Iraq Policy..."
This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department, Fernandez added.
Then people wonder why Rumsfeld doesn't return Condi's calls. Please, Foggy Bottom is full of Foggy Minds. The Department of State is dangerous and is either out of its league or it has sided with the enemy.
He still has a job?
State Department weasel apologizes
Fire his A$$!
"This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department, Fernandez added. Then why did he make the statement in the first place, and in so far as the State Department, it's always been a nest of sellouts.
THis idiot should be fired immediately. Where do they find such idiots to hold down six figure jobs?
I cannot believe the stupidity and arrogance of his remarks.. and to think this guy is a diplomat... he should resign before he's fired.
Updated: 11:58 a.m. CT Aug 29, 2006
Aug. 28, 2006 - Alberto Fernandez says he can't keep his mouth shut. "I'm Cuban," he says. "We can't close our big mouths. Cubans love to talk, love to argue, love to engage in repartee."
Hello Dr Rice? Today is Monday. He should be in the unemployment line already.
He should be fired just for talking to Al-Jazeera.
" Where do they find such idiots to hold down six figure jobs?"
My guess : a Clinton appointee ?
Translation: These are my views, but my bosses have my 'nads in a vise right now and I'm this close to paying off my mortgage...
As much as one might think that right off the start, I would not be the least bit surprised if this guy turns out to be a Bush appointee.
Condi needs to kick this nut to the curb.
Michelle's link to the State Department.
I think Schwarzenegger said something similar and the liberal media pounced on the opportunity to put his teat in the wringer for it.
He said it in Arabic, figuring it would never be translated and come back to bite him.
I'd like to see him reaminated.
From the Stated apartment.
Conni Rice appointed this person to this position and this is not the first time he has done this. He is constantly giving Al-Jazeera ammo to hit us with propaganda. I don't why Conni doesn't fire him.
Here's a question: What relation did al-Fernandez's use of "stupidity" have to Muhammad's use of the same word?
FR thread here:
What were the previous incidents?
Not only should he resign, but so should Karen Hughes - Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She oversees Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs, and participates in foreign policy development.
She was tasked by Bush to lead efforts promoting America's values and confront ideological support for terrorism around the world.
If she can't get her people in line with the one message of the US, she should go - along with al-Fernadez
Most people in government jobs are not appointed by administrations, they are regular folks who live in and around DC and they applied for the job after reading an ad in the paper. Some of them have been working in government since the last days of the Johnson administration and they've worked their way up the career ladder. It would be more accurate to say that they are liberals who happen to have a government job.
Nobody gets fired in Washington.
The "State Department" should be renamed "The Foriegn State Department".
It came from a tiny transmitter implanted in his tooth filling while he slept. Before the Clinton years they had you breathe into a phone every morning to check on the performance of these devices, but in the '90s heavy breathing into phones was much more misunderstood than, for example, fluent Arabic. Thus the safety procedures became rather flabby.
I know this because my cleaning lady used to work for the
Has State become the latest "Muslim enclave"?
This bonehead and Condi both need to get out of Washington and spend a few days back in the real world.
**Not only should he resign, but so should Karen Hughes**
Like hell she should. Karen shouldn't go anywhere. And fortunately for me, I'm sure she's not.
I have no doubt that AMB Hughes is intelligent and loyal, but the former television reporter who functioned well as a WH press secretary is out of her league in a State Department position designed to change Islamic perceptions about America. Her total lack of education in Middle East matters is unbelievable.
"Karen shouldn't go anywhere." Right. On August 29, 2006, Bush said, "we are getting crushed on the P.R. front." With that record, she could manage the Cubs.
BTW, to remind you, the esteemed AMB::
Wrongly stated that Saddam Hussein gassed to death
"hundreds of thousands" of his people,
Said Bush was the first POTUS support for an independent Palestinian state,
and my personal favorite....
Our constitution cites "one nation under God."
And now her guy is undermining the national policy while supporting a position that emboldens the terrorists to kill more US Soldiers... repeat... kill US Soldiers.
As I said, fire her.
**but the former television reporter who functioned well as a WH press secretary**
If you can't even get your facts straight, why should I bother speaking to you? Karen Hughes was never press secretary.
Oops. Dir of Comm while w/Gov in Texas. Later a White House consigliere.
However, being that the other facts are unrefuted, their truth remains.
Quod erat demonstrandum.
Just because I didn't argue with the rest of your comments doesn't make them correct. If you had said the Holocaust never happened and I didn't bother to argue with you, that would hardly make you correct, would it?