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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rare Honesty from a government official

Was it an accidental slip of honesty or some sort of pre-election strategy?

...or maybe this guy wants a job at Al Jazeera. But still, it's worth reading:

Diplomat cites U.S. 'stupidity' in Iraq

Iraq - 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.

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

"Tried to do their best?" OK, there are limits to even Fernandez's honesty.

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