Image via WikipediaSo, you know that the State Department spokesman, PJ Crowley is on Twitter, right?
Apparently, Mahmoud of Ahmadinejad has just turned 55. PJ was being clever, trying to get the guy to do something unusual on his birthday, like released the two young men who are still in Iranian jail for allegedly crossing into Iran. Remember those guys? The NYT reported that "a classified American military report made public by WikiLeaks, which describes the chaotic day when the hikers were detained, asserts that the hikers were on the Iraqi side of the border when they were seized."
So here's PJ | http://twitter.com/pjcrowley
# Happy birthday President #Ahmadinejad. Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be.
#Iran 2:30 PM Oct 28th via web
# Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities. Hope in your 55th year you will open #Iran to a different relationship with the world.
2:31 PM Oct 28th via web
But before Mahmoud of Ahmadinejad got a chance to answer PJ's birthday greeting, somebody who has appended "USA" to her name has taken great umbrage at his tweets:
SarahPalinUSA | http://twitter.com/sarahpalinusa
# Happy B'day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; snub allies. Obama Doctrine is nonsense
about 12 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
# Americans awaken 2 bizarre natl security thinking of Obama Admn: Ahmadinejad b'day greeting after call 4 Israel's destruction speaks volumes
about 11 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
PJ, are you coddling enemies again with your sweet tweets? AFP reported that Crowley defended himself on Friday:
"My tweet was simply to suggest that a reasonable celebration of President Ahmadinejad's birthday would be to release Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal," Crowley told reporters.
"I can't imagine why Sarah Palin would object to the release of the two hikers who remain in custody, we think inappropriately," he said.
Frankly, we can't imagine either who would take offense. Unless of course, whoever writes these tweets was a) thinking only of twitter mileage, b) has no freakin idea who are Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, 3) knows but no care, d) insert one more funny gunny grizzled bearly reason.
In any case, the "lamestream" media apparently is paying enough attention to report this great development. So hilarity all around. Har...har...har...
We only have one excuse -- we're getting old, we need at least three laughs a day. So this is a good start, one more to go.