#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, August 29th, 2013 18:00
#2 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, August 29th, 2013 18:12
Diplomats wanted: must be 'diplomatic', some knowledge of 'foreign' a plus.
#3 By: hughstimson, August 29th, 2013 18:13
I choose to believe he was using English to avoid the further international embarrassment of his being understood.
#4 By: newliminted, August 29th, 2013 18:24
One of the official languages of Malta is English.
#5 By: hughstimson, August 29th, 2013 18:36
Ah. Well, I guess it's a good thing I don't work for an embassy. That and my shouting skills are pretty limited.
#6 By: He who must not be named, August 29th, 2013 18:39
Here you see in microcosm why the rest of the world despises America.
#7 By: Chris_Muir, August 29th, 2013 18:43
American Un-exceptionalism at work.
#8 By: Scooter, August 29th, 2013 18:53
#9 By: Brad Zimmerman, August 29th, 2013 18:59
Jesus, just call in an air strike next time.
#10 By: knoxblox, August 29th, 2013 19:00
"YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!...Live with yourself tonight, dickhead!"
Oh, the irony.
Somebody needs to relocate to Washington state or Colorado and partake, I would think.
#11 By: Joey deBlois, August 29th, 2013 19:06
He was upset because the drones were busy drowning kittens elsewhere.
#12 By: Cowicide, August 29th, 2013 19:15
Ut oh, the people that exposed this diplomat are evil whistleblowers.. GET 'EM!
#13 By: rowanlubke, August 29th, 2013 19:17
Just when you think it's over it gets even better, when he pulls his shirt off and chases the other car down the street.
I hope that wasn't the ambassador, but I wouldn't be too surprised.
I'd love to know how that started and who was actually in the wrong there - driving etiquette-wise.
#14 By: Robert Johnson, August 29th, 2013 19:20
"I'm going to kick your fat Maltese ass all over this goddamn street!" and "Fuck all you guys!"
It kind of sounds like, in addition to being a self-entitled asshole (he clearly was the one that wanted to go the wrong way, considering the traffic behind the other dude was backed up and there was none behind him), he has a generalized dislike towards the Maltese. It's only anecdotal evidence of course, but at least in my own mind, I'm going to chalk this up to the imperial degradation of US diplomacy. Sure, the embassy wasn't happy about the embarrassment of the video tape, but would a reasonably competent diplomatic corps have a dude like this in the first place?
#15 By: AlexG55, August 29th, 2013 19:32
If you're going to get into a shouting match with someone from a different country, it's better to have it in your native language rather than theirs. That way they're on the back foot rather than you.
#16 By: Comfortable Shorts, August 29th, 2013 19:44
Another fine example of our highly trained, Ivy-league educated, well-heeled, heavily vetted and screened diplomatic corpse. Is it any wonder the United States is a laughing stock and object of derision around the world? No. It is not.
#17 By: Ben, August 29th, 2013 19:50
You can't pin 1 American's despicable behavior on all Americans, as that is stereotyping, which is despicable as wellI have encountered bothe well-mannered and ill-mannered folks of every political and cultural stripe.
#18 By: William_Holz, August 29th, 2013 20:15
How about we give a random homeless person his job?
Seriously, we would still be better off with a random homeless person. And then they'd have a home, right?
And just imagine if we actually tried raising the bar!
#19 By: m_a_s, August 29th, 2013 20:22
Oh my. He was simply charming.
Makes me proud to be an American...not!
#20 By: petzl, August 29th, 2013 20:24
Guys, I'm pretty sure that guy was Canadian.
Americans aren't that rude.
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