State Dept. Disavows Wisner Comment

The BBC has a follow-up to the story I noted earlier today:  Egypt unrest: US disowns envoy comment on Hosni Mubarak

The US state department has distanced itself from comments by a US special envoy, to the effect that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should stay in office during a power transition.

Spokesman Philip Crowley said Frank Wisner’s views were his own, and not co-ordinated with the US government.

The statement came as protesters kept up demands for Mr Mubarak to quit now.

Wisner may have some ‘splainin’ to do, as making pronouncements of that magnitude (i.e., that Mubarak should stay until September) should only be done in coordination with the administration, one would think.

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  1. The Bagman Speaketh says:

    Vijay Prashad: Frank Wisner in Cairo…The Empire’s Bagman

  2. John Burgess says:

    There’s a pooch doing an awkward waddle somewhere mid-Atlantic, I’d guess…

  3. Dean says:

    This administration continues to demonstrate it’s amateur hour.