US Ambassador is a liar - two strikes!

#1
Three strikes and you're out...probably not!

Lie 1. "We don't use WP..."

Lie 2. "We haven't rendered to Syria..."

At this rate, he'll be hired by Downing Street. Hasn't he heard of the story of George Washington and the tree? Mind you, he is a used car salesman...Dubya has an eye for talent (like former horse traders).

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1959240,00.html

US forced to backtrack on ambassador's Syria gaffe
By Times Online and agencies

The American Embassy in London has been forced to issue a statement clarifying remarks made by its ambassador after he denied that the United States was involved in removing terrorist suspects to Syria.

Robert Tuttle said in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme that there was no evidence that suspects were taken to Syria under the controversial process of "extraordinary rendition".

However, in a statement issued to the programme after the interview was recorded last Thursday, the embassy acknowledged that there had been media reports of a rendition to Syria, although it refused to comment on the case.

The reports relate to a Canadian citizen of Syrian descent who said that he was arrested in New York and then transferred to Jordan, and then on to Syria where he said he was tortured. Syria is considered part of the so-called "axis of evil" by the Bush Administration.

When he was asked in the interview about the rendition of suspects to Syria, Mr Tuttle had said: "I don't think there is any evidence that there have been any renditions carried out in the country of Syria.

"There is no evidence of that and I think we have to take what the Secretary (of State, Condoleezza Rice) says at face value. It is something very important, it is done very carefully and she has said we do not authorise, condone torture in any way, shape or form."

In a statement read out on the programme, the embassy said that a spokeswoman had contacted Radio 4 the day after the interview to clarify Mr Tuttle's remarks.

"She said that the ambassador recognised that there had been a media report of a rendition to Syria, but reiterated that the United States is not in a position to comment on specific allegations of intelligence activities that appear in the press," the statement said.

"Further, she underscored that the President and Secretary Rice have made clear that even in today's circumstances, where we are confronting a new kind of threat, the United States does not condone torture, its officials do not participate in such activities anywhere, and we do not hand over anyone in our custody to anywhere where believe that they will be tortured. Full stop.

"We take our actions in the fight against terrorism with full respect for our international obligations and with full respect for the sovereignty of our partners."

The clarification is a further embarrassment for Mr Tuttle, a Beverley Hills car dealer and friend of President Bush who was appointed to the Court of St James in June.

Last month the Pentagon admitted that US forces in Iraq had used white phosphorus as a weapon against insurgents during the siege of Fallujah, just the day after Mr Tuttle had denied that was the case.

The substance is widely used in conventional warfare to illuminate enemy positions, but is generally considered to be a chemical weapon if used directly against personnel.
 
#2
I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't know the answer when the question was asked. A lot of the US ambassador's are political hacks who get their positions either through donating money to campaigns or from being a party hack. As a result it's quite common for American embassies to have to "clarify" an ambassador's statement.
 
#3
TomW said:
I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't know the answer when the question was asked. A lot of the US ambassador's are political hacks who get their positions either through donating money to campaigns or from being a party hack. As a result it's quite common for American embassies to have to "clarify" an ambassador's statement.
Hit the nail on the head. Tuttle is a car dealer from Beverly Hills who has raised ridiculous amounts of money. Political appointees are usually sent to embassies that are at the top of the list (London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow etc.) where the embassy staffs are so huge and work so closely with their host government on a wide range of issues that the Ambassador rarely has to do anything important, or to Bumfuckistan where the US doesn't give a rat's arse what happens. In the important places the added value they bring is that a political appointee usually has fairly easy access to the President and can get around the State Dept pretty easily compared to a career Foreign Service officer.

IIRC, the US has only had one FSO serve as ambassador to the Court of St James' (Ray Seitz- late Bush I, early Clinton period.) and to be honest, it didn't work out very well, especially once Clinton arrived.

What is starting to bother me (and the FCO) is that the Celestial Navigator is starting to do similar things here by putting his cronies in similar spots.
 
#4

The substance is widely used in conventional warfare to illuminate enemy positions, but is generally considered to be a chemical weapon if used directly against personnel.


Which brings us neatly back to any possible 'slant' in the article in the first place.

However, the 'clarification' appears to say exactly what the ambassador has said. There is no evidence. Unless you categorise a newspaper report as evidence.

NTM
 

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