October 29th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
11 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. keepstufingthis

    Way to go Sarah. Good job and thank you CNN for your daily support of her. How many days this week have you left her picture and stories up on the Ticker? We are so happy for all the support and publicity CNN is giving Ms. Palin.

    October 29, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. sammieb51

    I think this woman is mentally retarded. Not ready for little league coach let alone a national 'image' this country wants or needs to project!!

    October 29, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Bear

    This woman is CRAZY!!!

    October 29, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Peter

    This whole story is amazing to me simply because this kind of stuff has happened before, and Palin has never acknowledged or apologized for jumping the gun and getting something wrong.

    October 29, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Erik L

    Palin would gladly sacrifice the lives of these courageous Americans in the name of "spin." I'm disappointed that CNN feels the need to report this street corner babbling as news.

    October 29, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but....

    The shrieking cow really needs to shut up. If she had her way we'd have invaded by now and we'd be embroiled in yet another unwinnable trillion dollar war. I don't know why right-wingers are always so gung ho for sending in the military. They haven't won a war in 65 years (using the CIA to overthrow governments that are less than business friendly doesn't count.) Have a nice day!

    October 29, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Veteran

    Just goes to show that Palin knows nothing about foreign relations nor the diplomatic process.

    October 29, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. republicans = Neanderthals

    When did Obama call for Israel's destruction?

    October 29, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. barry

    Sure the tweet called for hikers release. Keep them honest Palin! They are liars and the truth isn't in them.

    October 29, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. True American

    Palin Tweet: i'm a 6teen yo grl trapped in a grandma's body. no job. will tweet juvenile posts instead. OMG.

    October 29, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Alex

    Twitter is stupid. Government officials should not be allowed to twit. Please leave the twitters up to the twits like Palin.

    October 29, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. MAhole

    Coming from the chief twitta quitta from Wasilla this is precious.............
    Go find something productive to do – like go crawl back under the rock McInsane found you under.
    Please do us all a favor.....................

    October 29, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Indie Woman in Denver

    Why does the media keep paying attention to Sarah Palin? Please just ignore her.

    October 29, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Me

    Poo on a pancake, this half-wit needs to just be quiet! Serious dealings are conducted by the State Dept. Sarah Palin is now a citizen just like any regular person except that a regular person is smarter.

    October 29, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. Tulsa

    Once again, the Shrilla from Wassilla proves that she only cares about herself, not the two AMERICANS in Iranian prison.
    She is the most shameful thing Alaska ever produced. Oh, sorry Alaska, I know she wasn't born there, but she claims YOU.

    October 29, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Alex

    Palin and the GOP = Obama fails, against the Fed government, destroy middle-class America
    Al Quaeda = Obama fails, against the Fed government, destroy middle-class America


    October 29, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. GuyinVA

    She didn't object to the release of U.S. prisoners P.J. (Pompous Jackass?). She objected to the use of "Happy Birthday". I agree that it's a waste of time by Governor Palin, but it's down right petty for the State Department to answer with such a snide remark. How about saying that the greeting was intended to be sarcastic as well as to convey our nation's desire to see the prisoners released. Every leftist on this site and in the political arena scream for people to ignore Governor Palin. Then, they can't resist talking about her or to her.

    October 29, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. No Name Calling

    What would happen if she was leader of the free world and started tweet fights with every country out there?

    Wake me up from the nightmare of President (dare I say it) Palin.

    OMG, I seriously am feeling ill.

    October 29, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. vic nashville tn

    Karl Rove said she not qualified for president that mean she is an Idiot

    October 29, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Witchy woman

    Wow. Did she even read the tweet before responding with such anger at nothing?

    how embarrassing for her.

    October 29, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Andrew M

    So essentially there's NOTHING that the Obama govt can do, which Palin and the nutjobs will NOT find wrong? Is that it?

    October 29, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. keeth in cali

    No surprises here. Sarah loves telling lies and half-truths. Quitter.

    October 29, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Doglover

    If I was one of these young hikers mother, I would be furious with Palin. She is endangering their possible release. The woman is treasonous.

    October 29, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. November

    Since her intentions are obviously too complex for some people to understand (apparently) let me try to assist: it is not only undiplomatic of the state dept to tweet anything to someone like Ahmadinejad, it is utterly bush league. These are our country's leaders? That explains a lot! (Is it still too complicated to digest?)

    October 29, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Dave

    In additional to not reading newspapers and not being able to answer a questions concerning a supremem court decision that she disagrees with, DOES SHE KNOW HOW TO READ? EARTH TO SARAH, HELLO

    October 29, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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