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US diplomat retracts Iraq comments
Monday 23 October 2006, 5:05 Makka Time, 2:05 GMT
Fernandez said the US showed 'stupidity' in dealing with Iraq
A senior US diplomat has retracted comments he made in an interview with Aljazeera where he said Washington had shown "arrogance" and "stupidity" in dealing with Iraq.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 — A senior State Department official apologized Sunday night for saying that the United States had acted with “arrogance” and “stupidity” in its campaign in Iraq.
The apology from Alberto Fernandez, director of the office of press and public diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in Washington, involved a comment that he had made during an interview conducted in Arabic and broadcast Saturday on Al Jazeera, the Arab television network.
“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.’ This represents neither my views, or those of the State Department. I apologize.”