Master's degree from UVA
A screw up, right? After all, everyone knows that New York cops can't even issue a parking ticket to a foreign diplomat, much less strip search one.
The Indian government is understandable outraged, calling the arrest barbaric; and Indian officials have ordered the removal of traffic barriers in front of the American embassy. Those traffic barriers were installed to deter suicide car bombers, which gives you an indication of just how angry India is.
Does the American government apologize? No. The Obama administration authorizes Marie Herf, a thirty-something State Department spokeswoman with stylish glasses, to issue a statement containing nothing but drivel. What does Herf say?
We understand that this is a sensitive issue for many in India. Accordingly, we are looking into the intake procedures surrounding this arrest to ensure that all appropriate procedures were followed and every opportunity for courtesy was extended.What did these Obamacrats learn at the elite colleges they attended? (Herf obtained a master's degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.) Did they learn problem solving skills? Did they learn how to respond to crises? Did they learn to apologize for their mistakes and promise to make things right?
No, apparently the Obamacrats learned how to write opaque press releases and very little else. But they didn't learn to say "I'm sorry" when an apology is called for.
I feel sure the Obama administration will eventually straighten things out and issue a formal apology to India. Maybe Obama will give the Indians an aircraft carrier or some jets to smooth things over.
But the initial response to an incident like this says it all. Obama and his people are arrogant snobs who never learned to behave decently. They never mastered the simple rules of civil behavior that most of us learned in grade school.
Elise Labott and Jethro Mullen. Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat in New York triggers Uproar. December 18, 2013. CNN.com. Accessible at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/17/politics/india-us-diplomat/