Words Matter In Diplomatic Relations
Lots of words are uttered by world leaders every day. Some of them would not be fit for print.
But there are also those times when a leader makes a statement that should have been known from the instant it was bounced around in the brain to be utterly unacceptable. So it was with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Dutere has now expressed regret over his ‘son of a bitch’ remark while referring to President Obama. Now in a public statement he said his ‘strong comments’ to certain questions by a reporter ‘elicited concern and distress, we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US president’.
I frankly do not accept that statement or the apology that I guess I am to infer from it.
There is no way under the sun that anyone can not think the cuss language was for any purpose than for a very direct political point within his own nation. That word choice–and it was a choice–is just unacceptable on the world stage.
Dutere can curse and slander in private all he wants. But when it comes time to speak as an elected official he needs to find the diplomatic language that makes the world operate.
I am most pleased that President Obama shunned Dutere and did not grant him a visit.