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Diplomat Cites U.S. ‘Stupidity’ in Iraq – NYT

October 22, 2006

Finally, somebody in the administration acknowledges what a catastrophe we’ve created! I’ve read several posts about this, and the general speculation about this is he’ll “resign” shortly. Because we all know how failure is rewarded, and truth is punished (yes, if I was a good blogger, I’d have links to all the stories referred to, but its Sunday and rainy, so I’ll “assume” you know the stories, they’ve been blogged about incessantly 😉 ).

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat said the United States had shown ”arrogance” and ”stupidity” in Iraq but was now ready to talk with any group except Al-Qaida in Iraq to facilitate national reconciliation.
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. [Aljazeera article]

”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.

”We are open to dialogue because we all know that, at the end of the day, the solution to the hell and the killings in Iraq is linked to an effective Iraqi national reconciliation,” he said, speaking in Arabic from Washington. ”The Iraqi government is convinced of this.”

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, in Moscow with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, later said that Fernandez disputes the description of his comments. [now we return you to the kool aid drinkers]

”What he says is, that is not an accurate reflection of what he said,” McCormack said. Asked whether the Bush administration believes that history will show a record of arrogance or stupidity in Iraq, McCormack replied ”No.”

A senior Bush administration official questioned whether the remarks had been translated correctly. ”Those comments obviously don’t reflect our position,” said the official, who asked not to be identified because a transcript had not been available for review.

Diplomat Cites U.S. ‘Stupidity’ in Iraq – New York Times

  1. October 22, 2006 10:09 am

    Too bad people no longer fall on their swords, would be so much more effective that being forced to resign. Would be a lot more interesting to see on CNN or Fox too. That aside, good for him, though he’s not the first and won’t be the last official to point out how mind numbingly stupid our occupation of Iraq has been.


    PS: Erm, if it’s Sunday and it’s raining; wouldn’t that mean you have MORE time to put links in your blogs? 😉

  2. October 22, 2006 2:31 pm

    lol, good point Doug. I guess its making me feel lazy 🙂

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