Skip to comments.Envoy: U.S. Showed 'Stupidity' in Iraq
Posted on 10/21/2006 2:27:09 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative
A senior U.S. diplomat said the United States had shown ''arrogance'' and ''stupidity'' in Iraq but was ready to talk with any group except Al-Qaida in Iraq to facilitate national reconciliation.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera television aired late Saturday, Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department offered an unusually candid assessment of America's war in Iraq.
''We tried to do our best but I think there is much room for criticism because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq,'' he said.
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A friend of mine at the Embassy in Jeddah in 1981 said that almost all the senior staff there were suffering from "clientitis." This guy, a former Air Force officer, was one of the few there that seemed to be immune from that dread disease. I'm sure cardinal4 knows of whom I am speaking.
Wesley Clark has a pretty impressive resume too. As did George McClellan.. I guess resumes aren't everything though.
Spose he even gts fired?
Trying to be humble and self-effacing? Idiot! It will not play well with that audience who will see it as weakness.
Blimey! Whatever you're on, I'll try a gram or two..
Just a WAG (wild a$$ guess) but I bet old Alberto is in favor of an open southern border.
Fire his sorry A$$.
"...On April 22, 2006, the Financial Times reported on the creation of an Iran Syria Operations Group (ISOG) that purportedly reports to [Elizabeth] Cheney. Adam Ereli, a State Department spokesman, denied the group existed. However, other unnamed sources, including U.S. government officials and a European diplomat, assured the Financial Times that the group had in fact been established. These sources said that the group is an interagency effort that is supposed to coordinate with the Pentagon and other departments, and that it is headed by David Denehy, a special adviser who served in the coalition government in Iraq, and Alberto Fernandez, a public diplomacy official.
...According to Kaplan, these officials said that the ISOG has no role to play on security issues, doesn't coordinate at all with White House efforts against Iran at the United Nations, and confines itself to promoting regime change from within. "
Alberto hasn't got to worry about his job, his real job that is
It is sickening. It didn't start during this President's watch, but it sure is bad now. Wasn't one of McCarthy's charges that the State Dept was full of Communists? Seems the place has been a mess for 50 years. It makes me so mad.
Unfortunately, this goes way back. The MSM as well as the demoCmmiecRATic party and several independants and Mr. Barney Frank, illegitmate Republican, have been trending this way for quite some time now. If McCarthy were alive, he would have proof to a lot of the charges he made. What's really bad is they have become openly brazen about it now, partly because of what is being taught in the education system now.
#25. Just spouting the unadulterated TRUTH, CathyC.
I've been o to these jokers for years now, and they know I'm their worst enemy. And I have fought for this Nation, and they cannot stand the fact that I DO fight ALL enemies of our Beloved United States, Both Foreign AND DOMESTIC and they cannot stand that!!!! AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO!!!!
Scumbag traitor. It's bad enough to say this at all, but to say it on Al-Jazeera is unforgiveable.
Here's another acronym for you:
BBC = Bill's Bullsh*t Communists!!!!
"Bring me the head of that A'HOLE, Alberto Fernandez!
Clark got his last star frm slick willie for assisting in the raid on the Branch Dividians. A deed that was clearly against our laws.
Much of slick willie's inner circle had been buried at the state dept. by jimmy carter.
Was the interview in English, or is this a translation from Arabic, in which Mr. Fernandez is fluent. He's been around too long to use these words - or so I hope.
Just read the article and he was speaking in Arabic by phone from the U.S. This may get interesting from a different angle.
State is full of 5th columnists actively underming US policy. Basically, they view themselves as an autonomous kingdom. And no surprise that the NYT is pushing this.