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Lame Excuse of the Month ( “Not his views?” )
Little Green Footballs ^ | October 22, 2006 | Alberto Fernandez

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 television—but the damage is done: Envoy Sorry for Iraq ‘Stupidity’ Comment :

Quote :

(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 State’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: albertofernandez; aljazeera; americahaters; dos; fernandez; gramsci; iraq; iraqpolicy; jazeera; statedapartment; statedepartment; terrorism; wot
“Not his views?

Then why did he say it? "

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1 posted on 10/22/2006 10:29:40 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

He should resign.


2 posted on 10/22/2006 10:31:19 PM PDT by EternalHope (Boycott everything French forever. Including their vassal nations.)
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To: EternalHope

or be terminated


3 posted on 10/22/2006 10:33:03 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (At worst the Pope's comments might cause a "war of words" but mohammedans prefer a "war over words".)
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To: EGPWS

a Clinton left over ?


4 posted on 10/22/2006 10:33:16 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: EternalHope

Yesterday would have been too slow.


5 posted on 10/22/2006 10:33:32 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Just say, "no" to the Dems! Vote Republican!)
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To: Texas_Jarhead; bitt

right before our elections

8-)


6 posted on 10/22/2006 10:34:43 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
I realized that I seriously misspoke by using the phrase ‘there has been arrogance and stupidity’ by the U.S. in Iraq,”

You mean, this wasn't a Scott Ott parody about the State Department? . . .

7 posted on 10/22/2006 10:36:34 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Dan Lacey

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.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=2598362


8 posted on 10/22/2006 10:37:36 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76; potlatch; ntnychik; Smartass; Boazo; Alamo-Girl; PhilDragoo; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ...

must have been visiting with Anderson Cooper and maybe Jimmah Carter and got all swept up in the love....


9 posted on 10/22/2006 10:37:38 PM PDT by bitt ("And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.")
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To: george76

previous discussion link:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1723903/posts


10 posted on 10/22/2006 10:38:06 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: JohnLongIsland

Thanks.


Now this...


" Envoy Sorry for Iraq 'Stupidity' Comment..."


11 posted on 10/22/2006 10:40:45 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

turd. Go away.


12 posted on 10/22/2006 10:40:54 PM PDT by Octar
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To: george76

should be fired.


13 posted on 10/22/2006 10:41:07 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Jeff Head

" State Department Official Apologizes for Criticism of U.S. Iraq Policy..."


14 posted on 10/22/2006 10:42:15 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Salem; M. Espinola; Allegra

“This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department,” Fernandez added.

“I apologize.”


15 posted on 10/22/2006 10:44:02 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

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.


16 posted on 10/22/2006 10:46:45 PM PDT by Chgogal (GDBs - NY Times does it again - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1666501/posts)
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To: george76

He still has a job?


17 posted on 10/22/2006 10:46:50 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Muslims Are Only Guests In Western Countries)
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To: cgk

State Department weasel apologizes

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006175.htm


18 posted on 10/22/2006 10:49:27 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Chgogal
The Department of State is dangerous and is either out of its league or it has sided with the enemy.
19 posted on 10/22/2006 10:51:08 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Fire his A$$!


20 posted on 10/22/2006 11:10:58 PM PDT by Rockitz (This isn't rocket science- Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: george76
He stated...

"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.

21 posted on 10/22/2006 11:12:33 PM PDT by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: george76

THis idiot should be fired immediately. Where do they find such idiots to hold down six figure jobs?


22 posted on 10/23/2006 5:40:23 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be)
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To: george76

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.


23 posted on 10/23/2006 5:48:33 AM PDT by tje
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To: george76

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14560221/site/newsweek/

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."

(snip)


24 posted on 10/23/2006 5:58:18 AM PDT by maggief
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To: george76
And our taxes pay this twit's salary. Although he was showing off speaking in Arabic, just how much could AP twist those two words in translation....."arrogance" and "stupidity". But he didn't deny saying it, did he? How does a public affairs type mispeak using those two words?

Hello Dr Rice? Today is Monday. He should be in the unemployment line already.

25 posted on 10/23/2006 6:20:29 AM PDT by daybreakcoming
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To: george76

He should be fired just for talking to Al-Jazeera.


26 posted on 10/23/2006 6:26:44 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (People who say there are jobs Americans won't do have never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: Jeff Head

" Where do they find such idiots to hold down six figure jobs?"

My guess : a Clinton appointee ?


27 posted on 10/23/2006 6:59:30 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
“This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department,” Fernandez added. “I apologize.”

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...”

28 posted on 10/23/2006 7:03:47 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: george76
My guess : a Clinton appointee ?

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.

29 posted on 10/23/2006 7:06:10 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: Prime Choice

Condi needs to kick this nut to the curb.


30 posted on 10/23/2006 7:12:13 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

http://contact-us.state.gov/cgi-bin/state.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php
Michelle's link to the State Department.


31 posted on 10/23/2006 7:29:44 AM PDT by AmericaUnite
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To: maggief
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."

I think Schwarzenegger said something similar and the liberal media pounced on the opportunity to put his teat in the wringer for it.

32 posted on 10/23/2006 7:41:33 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: george76

He said it in Arabic, figuring it would never be translated and come back to bite him.


33 posted on 10/23/2006 7:44:20 AM PDT by Excellence (Vote Dhimmocrat; Submit for Peace!)
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To: Texas_Jarhead; EternalHope
He should resign.....or be terminated

I'd like to see him reaminated.

From the Stated apartment.

34 posted on 10/23/2006 7:47:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is a pathological disorder masquerading as a religion.)
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To: george76

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.


35 posted on 10/23/2006 7:58:19 AM PDT by AIC
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To: george76; EternalHope; Texas_Jarhead; oneamericanvoice; SamuraiScot; bitt; JohnLongIsland; Octar; ..

Here's a question: What relation did al-Fernandez's use of "stupidity" have to Muhammad's use of the same word?

http://flyoverdispatches.blogspot.com/2006/10/question-about-al-jazeera-and.html

FR thread here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1724300/posts


36 posted on 10/23/2006 8:05:03 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (People who say there are jobs Americans won't do have never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: AIC

What were the previous incidents?


37 posted on 10/23/2006 8:05:27 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (People who say there are jobs Americans won't do have never watched "Dirty Jobs.")
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To: george76

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


38 posted on 10/23/2006 8:11:41 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: george76

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.


39 posted on 10/23/2006 8:12:04 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Texas_Jarhead

Nobody gets fired in Washington.


40 posted on 10/23/2006 8:16:24 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: george76

The "State Department" should be renamed "The Foriegn State Department".


41 posted on 10/23/2006 8:18:31 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Democrats. French, but more cowardly.)
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To: george76
“Not his views? Then why did he say it? "

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 CIA NYT.

42 posted on 10/23/2006 8:59:27 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: george76
Sheesh!

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.

43 posted on 10/23/2006 9:45:54 AM PDT by TChris (The United Nations is suffering from delusions of relevance.)
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To: PurpleMan

**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.


44 posted on 10/23/2006 4:26:32 PM PDT by ilovew (I love being a DoD intern...)
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To: ilovew

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.


45 posted on 10/24/2006 8:52:28 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: PurpleMan

**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.


46 posted on 10/24/2006 10:04:35 AM PDT by ilovew (I love being a DoD intern...)
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To: ilovew

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.


47 posted on 10/24/2006 10:27:38 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: PurpleMan

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?


48 posted on 10/24/2006 12:00:51 PM PDT by ilovew (I love being a DoD intern...)
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