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State Dept Should Limit Self to Twitter CommunicationsBelén Fernandez Salem-News.com
The State Dept. might consider conducting its briefings via Twitter, where functionaries have proven more adept at succinctness and clarity:
(ISTANBUL) - Lately I have been concerned about the job security of PJ Crowley, usual emcee of the U.S. State Department daily press briefings.
The bio on his Twitter account reads:
As U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, I carry out the Secretary’s mandate to help people understand the importance of U.S. foreign policy.”
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman Mark C. Toner meanwhile replaced Crowley at yesterday’s briefing, although there have thus far been no reports that Crowley has followed recently deposed U.S. allies into a coma. As the following excerpts demonstrate, Toner’s performance confirms that State Dept. employment in fact hinges upon one’s ability to be vague and self-contradictory:
Toner reports that “we are deeply saddened by the apparent sinking of a tourist boat in Halong Bay in northern Vietnam today.”
QUESTION: Sorry, you said apparently sank?
ON THE U.S. VIEW OF REVOLUTIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
QUESTION: …so, basically, the United States feels that any – if any of these people in any of these countries feel – if the majority of the people feel that their leader should step down, they should step down?
QUESTION: Do they want a bomb or not? Do they want a bomb?
QUESTION: And what kind of consular access have we had to [American contractor alias ‘Raymond Davis,’ who murdered between two and three Pakistanis last month]?”
Huma Dar has provided a summary of initial consular access to “Davis” following the crime in Lahore:
The [U.S.] Consulate immediately sends an SUV that allegedly proceeds to jump the median on a major road, traveling against the oncoming traffic, running over and killing yet another motorcyclist, Ibad-ur-Rehman — who was getting married in another two months.”
An audience member at the State Dept. press briefing meanwhile encourages the U.S. to make basic distinctions in its endeavor to recuperate “Davis”:
QUESTION: …there’s two different things. I mean, there’s diplomatic immunity… and there’s innocence. I mean, are you trying to get him released based on diplomatic immunity or on his innocence?
Suggestion: the State Dept. might consider conducting its briefings via Twitter, where functionaries have proven more adept at succinctness and clarity:
PJ Crowley, 5:56 PM Feb 16th:
Belén is co-editor at Pulse Media. Her articles also have appeared in CounterPunch, Narco News, Palestine Chronicle, Palestine Think Tank, Rebelión, Tlaxcala, The Electronic Intifada, Upside Down World, and Venezuelanalysis.com. Her book “Coffee with Hezbollah,” a humorous political travelogue chronicling her hitchhiking trip through Lebanon in the aftermath of the 2006 Israeli assault, is available at Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble.
Born in Washington, DC, in 1982, Belén earned her bachelor's degree with a concentration in political science from Columbia University in New York City. Her diverse background of worldwide experiences, created a fantastic writer; one whose work we are extremely happy to share with Salem-News.com viewers. You can contact Belén at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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