GAFFE WATCH….Well, this comes as no surprise:

A senior State Department diplomat apologized Sunday for having told the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera on Saturday that there is a strong possibility history will show the United States displayed “arrogance” and “stupidity” in its handling of the Iraq war.

“Upon reading the transcript of my appearance on Al-Jazeera, I realized that I seriously misspoke by using the phrase ‘there has been arrogance and stupidity’ by the U.S. in Iraq,” Alberto Fernandez said in an e-mail sent to reporters by the State Department and attributed to him. “This represents neither my views nor those of the State Department. I apologize,” the statement said.

What is it Michael Kinsley said? “A gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth”? Sounds about right.