Diplomacy at its lowest
A US ambassador to Kuwait insulted Kuwait MPs by describing them as dogs. She was only joking.
September 13, 2009 1:36 by kippreport
The US ambassador to Kuwait compared the Kuwaiti parliament to a panel of “cats and dogs,” reported Kuwait Times on Sunday, citing an article in Al-Wattan Al-Arabi magazine. She described male MPs as dogs, and the female parliamentarians as cats. Predictably, her comment has sparked outrage among members of parliaments, who don’t appreciate being described as dogs.
The ambassador, however, was only joking, reports Al-Rai newspaper. But joke or no joke, anyone who’s lived in the region knows that describing anyone as a dog is considered rude.
Surely an ambassador would know that, right?