October 29th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin picks fight with State Department

(CNN) - A tweet by Sarah Palin attacking the U.S. State Department for a tweet to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his birthday distorted the State Department's original intent, a spokesman for the department said Friday.

"My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad's birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I can't imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody, we think inappropriately," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in response to a question about Palin's criticism.

This morning the State Department retweeted Crowley's original tweet in which he said, "Happy birthday President #Ahmadinejad. Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be. #Iran."

Palin said on her Twitter account, "Happy B'day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; snub allies. Obama Doctrine is nonsense."

She added in a second tweet, "Americans awaken 2 bizarre natl security thinking of Obama Admn: Ahmadinejad b'day greeting after call 4 Israel's destruction speaks volumes."

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are two of three hikers who were detained by Iran after allegedly straying into Kurdistan while hiking the Iraq-Iran border in September 2009.  The third hiker, Sarah Shourd, was released on bail due to a medical condition in September; Bauer and Fattal remain jailed in Tehran's Evin prison.

Iran has accused the three of spying, a charge the United States and the hikers have denied. The State Department has asked for the hikers to be released on numerous occasions.


Filed under: 2010 • Iran • Sarah Palin • State Department
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. GL

    Palin said on her Twitter account, "Happy B'day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; snub allies. Obama Doctrine is nonsense.

    This is called Treason Sara Palin. You are a very sick and evil woman.

    October 29, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. robero hinojosa

    Why does the State Department bother answering her tweets. She is an idiot and the State Department gave her some credibility by responding. Let the idiot be with her wing nuts and other crazy right wingers.

    October 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Carol

    Duh, she's an idiot. How much evidence do we need. Sarah, you've had your 15 minutes, stop humiliating yourself.
    Talk about overexposure!

    October 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    Lets not slam Palin in these blogs and maybe we can get lucky and she WILL run for President. There is no better way to guarantee a 2nd term for the President than to have her be the GOP nominee.

    All we need to do is keep quiet for about 18 months so she can continue to provide ammo that can be used against her – keep feeding her the rope with which to hang herself.

    With all the "Tweets", Facebook entries, Fox News appearances, reality show cameos, and YouTube clips, any strategist will gut her like a fish.

    Can you imagine her against the President in the debates? He will have his way with her.

    All the progressives, moderates & independents need to do is not spook her. No criticisms in blogs or on the airwaves.

    She is unelectable. We should do everything we can to trick her into running.

    October 29, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Adulac

    Who hasn't Palin picked a fight with?

    October 29, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Sherm

    She is a master of distorting people's words and feigning outrage.
    It works very very well with the people she is trying to speak to.

    October 29, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Sarah Palin is mentally challenge if she lacks the ability to read and interpret simple words, in other words she's an idiot.

    October 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Brad

    Palin should be arrested for interfering in government operations. In other words, This twit could get us all killed.

    October 29, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Carol

    Palin is a bully and an idiot! Her foreign policy would land a nuclear bomb on Washington DC!!

    October 29, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Mark

    I love reading all the comments by you libtards. An argument in your mind consists of "she's stupid." (Proof that the powers of logic have no affect on liberals.) Maybe if we sent a box of chocolates and said "pretty pretty please", that would do the trick. He is a dictator. They rule by force. But then, obviously you like dictators - why else would you vote for Obama?

    October 29, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. IHTCF

    "My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad's birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. I can't imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody, we think inappropriately,"

    That's because like Eugene Armstrong, and Nick Berg, their lives aren't worth anything in her and her kind minds.
    I am so sick of this stink bug.

    October 29, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Never argue with a fool or a moron for that matter, coz people might not notice the difference!

    October 29, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Fred

    Yep, that's right bash Pailin and not the f'ing idiots trying to work some kind of stupid twitter diplomacy. Maybe they should have just written it on his wall on Facebook? Good God, what is this country coming to when the State Department is twittering despots, for any reason?

    October 29, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. CWD

    Wow, just when you think she can't seem any stupider. I like the comment about trading Palin and Angle for the hikers, but if I was Iran, I would hold out for O'Donnell too. I hope Palin runs for president in 2012, that will be immensely hilarious.

    October 29, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Mom of 3

    This is an example of how complete ignorance of history, other cultures, and current events by Palin and her Tea Party ilk is harmful. Since Palin does not read the newspaper she must have missed the fact that in celebration of the end of Ramadan Iran's president offered to release one of the detained hikers. There was some delay because Iran's president does not have much real power and the mullahs were not totally in favor of the hiker's release, but a hiker was eventually released. It was a GREAT idea to suggest to Iran's president that in honor of his birthday he should release the other two. It was clever to appeal to an egomaniac that his birthday is so important it should be celebrated in that fashion. It could have (and could still) lead to the release of detained Americans. I am sure the families of the hikers who continue to be detained appreciate the government's efforts even if Palin is too incredibly stupid to understand what is going on. Vote Democrat on Nov. 2 and send the Tea Party idiots on their way. Our country needs to move forward and the Democrats are on the right path. We do not need to move backward with GOP/Tea Party stupidity.

    October 29, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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