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Correction: U.S. Envoy to Islamic Conference Didn't Trash Bush

5:39 PM, May 12, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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As noted here earlier, the newspaper Asharq Alawsat reported that the U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference Rashad Hussain said he was working to erase "hostile feelings caused by the administration of former President George W. Bush."

A representative of the State Department has since provided THE WEEKLY STANDARD with a transcript and audio showing that Asharq Alawsat misrepresented statements made by Hussain. He was, in fact, charitable to the former president and didn't say Bush "caused" "hostile feelings" in the Middle East. Here's what Hussain actually said: 

Do you think that angry feelings that have resulted from (SIC: President Bush?) will be an obstacle to get a new bridge between USA and Islamic world?

What we are really concerned about and moving forward on is implementing new areas of cooperation. Just to give you an example, to be fair to the previous administration, the envoy to the OIC was something that President Bush announced towards the end of his administration, so we are looking to go forward and really build on that and to make sure that the cooperation between the envoy and Muslim communities around the world is based on a whole range of issues, and some of those I’ve discussed with you.

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