Secretary of State
It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Philip J. Crowley as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. PJ has served our nation with distinction for more than three decades, in uniform and as a civilian. His service to country is motivated by a deep devotion to public policy and public diplomacy, and I wish him the very best. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) Michael Hammer will serve as Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.
Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the Department of State.
I am enormously grateful to President Obama and Secretary Clinton for the high honor of once again serving the American people. I leave with great admiration and affection for my State colleagues, who promote our national interest both on the front lines and in the quiet corners of the world. It was a privilege to help communicate their many and vital contributions to our national security. And I leave with deep respect for the journalists who report on foreign policy and global developments every day, in many cases under dangerous conditions and subject to serious threats. Their efforts help make governments more responsible, accountable and transparent.
Crowley probably should have taken a powder after he tweeted birthday greetings to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and more recently, via a Twitter post that was later deleted, compared the middle east situation to the Japan tsunami.
Instead Hillary’s spokesman has been forced out due to comments about the detention of Bradley Manning:
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned Sunday, just days after publicly criticizing the detention conditions of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. Crowley’s departure was first reported by CNN.
via Michelle Malkin
- State Department criticizes Pentagon over Manning detention (hotair.com)
- Obama: Treatment of WikiLeaks suspect appropriate (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Chief State Department Spokesman: Pfc. Bradley Manning Being Mistreated (outsidethebeltway.com)