A US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has been forced to quit after calling the treatment of the man accused of leaking secret cables to Wikileaks "stupid".
Crowley said that he was taking responsibility for the impact of his remarks about Bradley Manning, which has made the US Army look like a bunch of petty morons who like torturing people for making them look stupid.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she accepted Crowley's resignation "with regret". Crowley had served his nation "with distinction", and was "motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy".
This deep devotion to doing the right thing was probably behind his dubbing the way Manning was being treated as being "stupid".
Crowley was speaking to an audience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about new media and foreign policy when a questioner asked about "torturing a prisoner in a military brig".
He said that he spent 26 years in the air force and felt what was happening to Manning is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid, "and I don't know why the Department of Defense is doing it".
Nevertheless, he said "Manning is in the right place". He added that the comments were on the record but later said they were his own opinion.
In his resignation letter he said: "Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation."
President Barack Obama insisted he had received assurances that the terms of Pte Manning's confinement were "appropriate". So in otherwords the US Army is perfectly justified in acting like the Footballers in "Revenge of the Nerds" and the way to find out if someone is being bullied is to ask the bullies.
Amnesty International has expressed concern about the conditions in which Manning was being held, which puts the US right up there with Libya . But who cares what a bunch of liberals think eh?
In the US there is a lack of concern about Manning who is seen as a traitor even before his trial. One does not embarrass the US government by telling the world what it is actually doing rather than what it says it is doing.