Monday, May 21, 2007

How Can Somebody So Smart Say Something So Stupid?

The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Richard H. Jones, has an impressive resume. This guy is one smart cookie:
Born on August 26, 1950, at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana, Jones has Masters and Doctoral degrees in Business/Statistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. His foreign languages are Arabic, French, German and Russian. He has been awarded two US patents and served two terms on the board of the Saudi Arabian International School in Riyadh.
Unfortunately he is human, and sometimes humans say silly things:
Pollard supporters are enraged at US Ambassador to Israel Richard Jones for his remarks Monday morning, implying that Jonathan Pollard committed treason or sold US secrets to Israel.

Speaking at a conference at Bar Ilan University on Israeli-American relations, Jones said, "Pollard took money and sold out his country... The fact that he wasn't executed shows that he was treated mercifully."

"Malicious incitement against both Jonathan and Israel" is how an infuriated Esther Pollard, Jonathan's wife, described it.
At they have some more of his twisted logic:
"This is a very emotional issue in the United States," Jones said. "I know he was helping a friend, but that's what makes it even more emotional for Americans - if a friend would cooperate in aiding and abetting someone who is committing treason against his own country."
This of course is totally ridiculous. I guess he would feel better if Pollard passed the information to America's enemies.

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