US State Department wages diplomatic war on Twitter

A clueless State Department official recently attempted to cajole Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into releasing two imprisoned US hikers with a very undiplomatic tweet.

“Happy birthday President #Ahmadinejad. Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be,” Foggy Bottom spokesperson  P.J. Crowley wrote in a tweet quoted by The Hill.

“Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities. [So], hope in your 55th year you will open #Iran to a different relationship with the world.”

Unsurprisingly, Crowley’s controversial tweet was promptly criticized by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who accused the Obama-run Foggy Bottom of shamelessly “coddling” and unceremoniously “kowtowing” to American enemies.

“Happy B’day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy…The Obama Doctrine is [just] nonsense,” tweeted an agitated Palin. 

“[Wishing Ahmadinejad well after he] calls 4 Israel’s destruction [speaks] volumes.”