Michael Rubin, one of the American Enterprise Institute’s Resident Scholars, drops this choice bit of ill-informed nonsense
Yes, that’s right: Let’s wish Otunbaeva, the former communist functionary who was one of the coup leaders who overthrew her predecessor and has since cozied up to Vladimir Putin in Russia a truly long life. May it be as long as Muammar Qadhafi’s will be.
What he’s doing here is whining that US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Pamela Spratlen wished Roza Otunbaeva a happy birthday on the embassy’s Facebook page. This is so dumb and poorly fact-checked that it has to be borne of the American conservative’s deep hatred of the State Department, right?
I would describe all the ways in which Dr. Rubin’s caricature of Otunbaeva is deeply and astoundingly wrong, but it’d be a bore to all of you, and a disservice to Dr. Rubin, or more likely his intern, who needs to brush up on his research skills.