Skip to comments.Despite Photo, State Dept. Says U.S. Envoy Didn't Bow to Statue of Dictator
Posted on 09/05/2012 9:35:45 PM PDT by Nachum
(CNSNews.com) The Obama administrations new ambassador to Azerbaijan raised eyebrows this week with a gesture interpreted by some as paying homage to the countrys late dictator a one-time KGB general installed by military coup who oversaw an autocratic regime before handing power to his son.
The new U.S. envoy to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, has honored memory of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, the Azeri news site News.Az reported.
The newly appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States in Azerbaijan visited the monument to great leader in the park in front of the Heydar Aliyevs Palace. Morningstar honored the memory of the national leader and laid flowers to the monument.
A photograph released by the national news agency shows Morningstar standing in front of a statue of Aliyev with head bowed. Aliyev died in 2003
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Barack Hussein couldn’t be there so he did what Barack would have done.
Well... it IS the State Dept’s JOB to lie.
Did I tie my shoes this morning?
“Hey, I can see my reflection.”
I’d normally jump right in on this, but after checking the photo, it does seem to me like he is looking at his shoes. Or something under his shoes.
Look at the position of his feet. Toes up, slanted...
Anyhow, in the interests of honesty, I have to say that does not qualify as a “bow” to me.
They said he was placing flowers I don’t see any flowers is it just me?
There's no inscription.
OK... so despite the picture, he didnt bow to the monument of a dictator... but he did honor it with flowers.
ya... that's much better.
He’s rocking back on his heels and looking down. I have no idea what he’s looking at, but it’s just not a bow.
LOL... you can kind of trust me on that. I bow every day in Japanese social situations, the body language is very distinctive.
Yup, he didn’t bow just like Hillary’s husband, BJ Clinton didn’t have sex with that woman.
If anyone has worked for the State Dept, as I have, they would know that the very, very, very strong majority of their employees and contractors(USAID) absolutely HATE the United States and everything it stands for.
They all love being in socialist/communist countries. Especially, since they’re there on the government dime, are certainly not forced to live as one of the population trying to survive and are above the law in most cases.
So, like Wasserman-Schultz, they all tend to live in a very liberal, progressive, socialist, communist alternate universe.
what a travesty
If there is a not a living dictator to bow to, a dictator statue will have to do.
Fearless Leader would approve.
There is a little bit of something showing at the base of the statue.
This is nothing compared with what b o did to the saudi king, king of islam.
I don’t understand why he placed flowers at the statue “of the great leader”. If you read the article, the statue guy was a commie as in KGB and high up in the party ranks.
This country is fighting for democracy and liberty and our ambassador honors a past dictator/communist. What the hell is wrong with this picture.
This administration has got to go, and now, or we will be bowing, scraping and kissing the feet of an Obama statue.
I don't know if that's a "bow" or not but I suspect it is since there's no dog crap around there he could have stepped in. Clearly he is demonstrating respect for the site because he isn't just walking past it- he paused there and is centered in directly in front of it. If that was the statue of some low-ranking unknown soldier or the country's noblest saint I'd overlook it but the statue is of a deceased dictator who was a member of the KGB, and the KGB was a foreign empire/government's force imposed on Azerbajan without a vote, not an indigenous Azerbajani service.
On the other hand, since the US has a habit of appointing political donors and brown-nosers rather than statemen as ambassadors, sometimes not even picking people who know the language, it could be he didn't know better. Knowing the liberals, he could be standing there with his feet spread and head bowed simply because he is admiring his own reflection. ;-)
No, that’s not toe up, that’s toes slightly apart on a shiny, light-reflecting marble (or whatever) ground.
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