Saturday, October 21, 2006

Say what?

This article is the first official honest statement I've seen issued from our government in six years, and my reaction was shock. How sad that, as a patriot who genuinely loves my country, I should feel and react this way to something that was once just taken for granted. Yes, there's always been spin and selective interpretation offered by our governments that required a healthy dose of skepticism, but six years of a steady stream of continuous and obvious lies has made credulity an unexpected reaction.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - 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.

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.

"We are open to dialogue because we all know that, at the end of the day, the solution to the hell and the killings in Iraq is linked to an effective Iraqi national reconciliation," he said, speaking in Arabic from Washington. "The Iraqi government is convinced of this."

Whether or not you agree with the substance of the statement is not the issue and is subject to legitimate debate, but it is a reasonable and honest assessment, for a change.

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