October 29th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
3 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. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Who cares what this twit has to say. Please stop reporting every single tweet or post she makes. It is really getting ridiculous with her own section on the ticker, plus 4 -5 columns every day.

    October 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. a in austin

    Why Sara? You are so unamerican it makes me sick! And to think, there are those that take you seriously. Get over yourself!

    October 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. AB Baltimore MD

    I am sick and tired of the media reporting stupid comments made by Sarah Palin. Everyone and the nation would be better served by ignoring Palin. She isn't worth listening to. Furthermore, I wish the media would stop making foolish statements about Sarah Palin's possible run for for the presidency in 2012. The very notion of her running for that and any other public office is absurd, given her performance as a failed vice-presidential candidate, her abrupt resignation as governor and the fact that many public opinion polls convey that vast majority of Americans view her as unqualified for the presidency.

    October 29, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Whatever

    Palin is such an IDIOT!!!!!!! She should get all the facts before she tweets, speaks or FB. WOW – - just goes to show she is NOT ready for the Congress/Senate or WH!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Grangerman

    Someone give Barry his Blackberry back so he can tweet directly with Mahmoud. What level of rediculuosness will this administration stoop to? I agree with Palin, the pantywaist liberals who think these people can we reasoned with are delusional. Tweeting Mahmoud on his birthday to get his cooperation is like thinking you can turn a wolverine into a house pet. Geez...liberals...get a grip.

    October 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. LYNETTE IN CA

    She isn't even fit to be a state assembly person let alone President! All she does is send out daily angry, bitter tweets. Doesn't she have anything better to do? She blows up at everything and so does her husband! Incites hate in all around her. She is a very angry, mean, vile woman! Also what Joy Beyhar said. Go Joy!!

    October 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. a little sad

    Palin, the traitor, needs to be stopped. She is dangerous.

    October 29, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. curtther

    She's going to make where no one,no one will give her the time of day. Her reality show should be called Alaska shores. Her name name should dookie.

    October 29, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Well, isn't Palin a real mindless gangsta' with her ignorant, baseless drive-by criticsms of anything [D]. That some of our citizenry are so proudly uber-partisan and stupid enough to support this trailer-trash of American politics is a real sign of demise of our great nation. Currently, the rightwing underbelly of our nation is too stupid to even be ashamed of what it represents, and it sees itself in ascendancy due to the gullibility of the people for the lies of the remnant racists, bigots, and facists who have found shelter in today's [R] and Tea-tard party.

    I recommend to everyone the commentary of RMW (2:43pm) to be found under the "Poll shows surge for McDonnell...". Its cogent and insightful message should be considered by all Americans.

    October 29, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Grog in Ohio

    Perhaps we should simply conclude that Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    October 29, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. fayse1

    I truly believe that Ms Palin is completely unaware of what the majority of the American people really think of her. She appears to be believing in her own publicity. She also appears to have taken a page from the playbook of Adolph Hitler,
    Tell a lie, big enough, loud enough and often enough and the people will start to believe you. Also from the words of Sinclair Lewis – when facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. ( As she whips her followers into a frenzy, fanning the flames of hatred) those descriptions sure sound like Sarah Palin to me.

    October 29, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Lori in St Pete

    Because she's an idiot who can't get over the fact that she lost two years ago, P.J. No ifs, ands or buts. Frankly, the State Department should investigate this witch and her successionist husband and charge them both with treason. They should be cooling their heels in Gitmo with the rest of the wingnuts and teabaggers.

    October 29, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Expat American

    Palin’s bumbling foolish antics are for to laugh….
    I think if the ‘First Todd Dude’ handed her an index card that read “I really like Strawberry Ice Cream”, she would step in front of a podium and deliver said message with equal vigor as in her latest brainless rant.
    She’s a loose cannon of the worst kind…. That is, she’s an uneducated, unread, untraveled Tea Bigot who froths at the mouth while never thinking before opening it…and half the time only understands at best about half of what actually ends up coming out of it.
    Again…the mouthpiece of the Tea Party and its Angry White Trailer Patriots….
    God Bless AmuuriKKKa. Let’s finish off this 6-pack of beer and go for a bus ride….yeeehah!

    October 29, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Anne

    We all knew reading wasn't her strong suit after she couldn't name a single newspaper she read. Now, apparently, she can't read to the end of a single tweet. She's pathetic.

    October 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    This goes to show just how little insight into "COMMON SENSE" this IDIOT has. Now if she has no insight into common sense there's no way she can have insight into foreign affairs. She needs to find an igloo and crawl inside and seal it up.

    October 29, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Well, there you have it folks. If this isn't proof that Palin lies and manipulates EVERYTHING to try to score political points, I don't know what is.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of simple-minded American women who like Palin because she's willing to screech her hatred and a lot of horny American men who want to bed her (they'll just wear earplugs to block out the screeching).

    What a pathetic bunch of losers Palin and her followers are.

    What a disgrace to our country.

    October 29, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. enough

    CNN it would help if you stopped giving this woman any more press. She is not going to be our President one day and there are many of us who could not care any less about what ever this woman has to say about ANYTHING.

    October 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Diane P

    Hooray!!! She wants to be President! she's a complete fool!

    October 29, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Jabberwocky Barbie is simply doing what all extremists do: flail mindlessly at everythign and anything the other side says because it's 100% safe to do so...the GOP/Teatard's tinfoil-helmeted useful-idiot foot soldiers will slurp it up like starving dung beetles swimming thru a cholera outbreak. She's way off base, but doesn't care. She's purposefully misconstruing what Crowley said, but doesn't care. She's acting like an angry, petulant, tantrum-throwing tween, but doesn't care. She's revealing that her approach to foreign policy would encourage Iran to become more insular and more motivated to build nukes, but doesn't care. It's all just a game to these people. They're so freekin myopic that they think foreign relations are just something you talk about to win elections at home.

    October 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I'm sure Half Gov. Palin can see Iran from her porch too. She is completely clueless. Her mission has been to dumb down America to her level. Unfortunately with the help of Beck and Fox No News they seem to be succeeding. All they have are catch phrases but no plan, no ideas, just slander and lies. I prayer every day along with real Americans that their message of hate and lies soon fall upon deaf ears.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. jeff, alabama

    Palin is ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.
    Like her or not we don't cave
    in to terrorist leaders. Shame
    on all of you weak Americans
    who would call her names before
    you would side with what's right
    for our country.
    You weak Americans are the very
    ones the terrorists said would tire
    of the war before they would.

    October 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Carmelle

    What's wrong with this woman??!!

    October 29, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. Judie

    Palin is an embarrassment to us all as Americans.

    October 29, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    Obviously she only read the first couple of words. Anyone else sick of these idiotic grifters, or is it just me?

    October 29, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. joan

    Sarah Palin has no business commenting on that tweet. She is the worst example of a politician that has emerged in the past ten years.

    October 29, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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