Sunday, October 22, 2006

Arrogance and Stupidity

Earlier today, a senior US diplomat named Alberto Fernandez gave a rather interesting interview on al-Jazeera. One of the more notable quotes:

We tried to do our best [in Iraq] but I think there is much room for criticism, because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq

Parhaps the strangest irony of this interview is that, no matter how stupid and/or arrogant one might think the US government has been in Iraq, it pales to the stupidity this Alberto Fernandez guy seems to have exhibited by doing this interview in the first place.

For a career diplomat in the State Department, doing an interview on al-Jazeera and calling one's bosses "stupid" and "arrogant" is not exactly the smartest career move one could make. Of course, the good news for the Bush administration is they now have a top candidate for that vacant consular position in Kinshasa, Ouagadougou, or whatever other remote diplomatic hell-hole they think is needing of Mr. Fernandez's services.