U.S. Apologizes to Libya for Diplomat’s Joke About Ghadafi
Recently, Libyan dictator Mohmar Ghadafi said this about Switzerland:
Let us wage jihad against Switzerland, Zionism and foreign aggression. Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against Mohammed, God and the Koran.
When asked about Gadhafi’s jihad against Switzerland, Chief US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said this:
I saw that report and it just brought me back to a day in September, one of the more memorable sessions of the U.N. General Assembly that I can recall: lots of words and lots of papers flying all over the place, not necessarily a lot of sense…
So, guess who has been forced to apologize?
Yup! You got it; the United States. According to this article, even though Crowley apologized, Hillary Clinton is actually worried that his comment may jeopardize an upcoming meeting with Gadhafi.
And Hillary Clinton herself has not been spared by foreign leaders whose interests do not exactly converge with those of the United States. Last week Vladimir Putin humiliated our Secretary of State by launching into an unexpected critique of the U.S. while reporters were present and cameras rolling.
When reporters traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Moscow were informed that a last-minute meeting with Russia’s Prime Minister Valdimir Putin had been added to the schedule, they were told they would only get to see a few seconds of handshakes before being ushered out.
Instead, with cameras rolling, they watched Putin spend six minutes rattling off a number of complaints he has with the United States.
Trade with the US has slowed during the financial crisis, he complained, Russian companies have been slapped with US sanctions and Russia is having trouble joining the World Trade Organization.
He also singled out the 1974 Jackson-Vanik amendment, as he has in the past, as evidence that the US is not fully encouraging business with Russia….Reporters were surprised at the length of Putin’s list of issues and the fact that he did it in front of the Russian and American press corps, a pool reporter noted.
As Jennifer Rubin has noted, the Russians are showing us what resetting relations with them really means.