Washington Post: Fernandez Apologizes for Al-Jazeera Remarks
The State Department official in charge of public diplomacy for the Middle East apologized Sunday for telling the Arabic language Al-Jazeera television station that the U.S. had displayed “arrogance and stupidity” in Iraq.
Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, made the remarks in an interview that aired Saturday on the Qatar-based channel, which is carried by satellite and is closely watched in the Arab world.
“We tried to do our best,” he said during the interview, which aired late Saturday. “But I think there is much room for criticism because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq.”
Now, Fernandez has apologized. A HIT AND RUN attack?
The State Department should review this character’s work and determine if he is best serving the United States. IF Mr. Fernandez has policy differences with the United States State Department under President Bush then he should resign his position.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice needs to bring Fernandez in for a WOODSHED TALK.
Flap continues to await a return call to interview Mr. Fernandez.