Tarry for the Nonce

March 24, 2009

Rice Spoke Russian, By the Way

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 9:53 pm

Obama is choosing to reduce the number of public appearances of our Secretary of State as “internationally saavy” Hillary Clinton continues to embarrass our nation with incident upon incident (not including the international offenses before the election:

  • Managing to mispronounce the names of both the EU foreign policy chief and the European Commission External Relations Commissioner
  • Declaring the United State had an older democracy than Europe
  • Presenting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a misspelled reset button in the Latin, rather than Cyrillic, alphabet.

And she’s only been around for a month.

Actually, we can attribute that last Russian nugget to her longtime press secretary Phillipe Reines, who failed to involve the actual State Department in the gesture, but instead confined it to Hillary’s political team. He first tried to place the blame on Russian scholar Michael McFaul, but ultimately thought better of it and emailed the following admission:

“Ultimotely [sic], this was my soul [sic] risponsibility [sic], nobody else’s in or out of the building. While the Russians laughed off the error and accepted the gift in the spirit of cooperation that it was meant, I’ve been sic [sic] about the mistake since, especially that I let down the Secretary and the fine professionals at the State Department.”

Ummmm . . . yup.

I suppose the employment of such nitwits could be Clinton’s attempt to obfuscate the more worrying points of our new foreign policy, such as the decision to not let human rights issues “interfere” with our agenda . . . a move that has horrified both Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch.

Not that Democrats care.

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1 Comment »

  1. The Daily Show made fun of the button a couple weeks ago. They also commented on Clinton’s human rights remark about China a month ago.

    The title of that article is not at all accurate. Clinton position is that there are many issues that need to be discussed with China, including human rights. She’s been pressuring them about it for over 10 years. What options do we really have? Should we try to take action against China like we’ve done against Cuba or Iraq?

    I think we need to find common ground in other areas and hope than extends to the more difficult issues.

    Also saying they were “horrified” doesn’t seem to reflect the a actual statements saying it was a “strategic mistake”.

    Comment by jh — March 25, 2009 @ 10:23 pm


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