The US Embassy In Cairo Needs To Learn A Lesson From Former Secretary Of State George Schultz

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Today the US Embassy in Cairo was attacked by Islamists upset about…who knows what. They are always upset. Supposedly it’s a film that depicts Mohamed in a negative light this time.

Whoever runs the Embassy’s Twitter feed thought this would be a good time to chastise American citizens for exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

 

3) Sorry, but neither breaches of our compound or angry messages will dissuade us from defending freedom of speech AND criticizing bigotry

— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 11, 2012

We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

— US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 11, 2012

 

This is so unbelievably wrong on many levels.

First, it’s not the job of the US State Department to criticize the free exercise of speech by American citizens.

Second, if you support free speech only up to the point someone’s feelings are hurt, you don’t understand or support free speech.

Thankfully, the White House is walking away from this idiotic line of appeasement.

Clearly the entire staff of US Embassy Cairo needs a refreshing course on the basics of American government and the person running the feed needs to be fired.

The refresher course should begin with a simple test former US Secretary of State George Shultz used to give to ambassadors heading out to their posts.

When I was — in the first period when I was secretary of state, there was in my office a big globe. And when ambassadors, who were newly going to their posts or in their posts and coming back to visit me, would get ready to leave, I would say to them, “Ambassador, you have one more test before you can go to your post. You have to go over to the globe and prove to me that you can identify your country.” So unerringly, they would go over and they’d spin the globe around and they’d put their finger on the country they were going to, pass the test. So Mike Mansfield, great elder statesman in America, former Senate majority leader and who had been ambassador to Japan for a while before I was there, and he was a close friend of mine from back when I was in the Nixon administration — so he was visiting and he got ready to leave. I said, “Mike, I got to give you the same test I give everybody else. Before you can go back to Japan, you got to show me that you can go over to the globe and put your finger on your country.” So he went over and he spun this globe around and he put his hand on the United States, said, “That’s my country.” So I’ve told that, subsequently, to all the ambassadors going out, “Never forget, you’re over there in that country, but your country is the United States. You’re there to represent us. Take care of our interests and never forget it, and you’re representing the best country in the world.”

Something tells me Team Embassy Cairo would fail this simple test.

About Drew

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