Sunday, October 22, 2006


Hope Alberto's resume is up-to-date. The Guardian (10.23.06):
"Washington's top foreign affairs spin doctor has described US policy in Iraq as 'a failure', and accused his government of 'arrogance' and 'stupidity'. Speaking in Arabic on al-Jazeera television Alberto Fernandez, director of public diplomacy at the state department's bureau of near eastern affairs, gave viewers an unusually sharp assessment of the administration's efforts in Iraq. He spoke in the past tense, as though it was all over." 'Arrogant' US has failed, says spin doctor
Alberto quickly realized the error of his ways. AP (10.22.06):
"A senior U.S. diplomat apologized Sunday night for saying U.S. policy in Iraq displayed 'arrogance' and 'stupidity.' A day after his remarks in an interview were broadcast by the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera, Alberto Fernandez issued a written apology through the State Department press office." Official Sorry for 'Stupidity' Comment
"'Upon reading the transcript of my appearance on Al-Jazeera, I realized that I seriously misspoke by using the phrase 'there has been arrogance and stupidity' by the U.S. in Iraq,' said Fernandez, director of public diplomacy in State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs." Ha! He repeats himself in his apology! Nice touch, Alberto.


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