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State Department Official Tweets #UnitedforGaza

Was it a typo, a Freudian slip, or a statement?

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Paula Bolyard

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July 19, 2014 - 10:57 pm
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UPDATE: Richard Stengel deleted the tweet with the #UnitedForGaza hashtag early Sunday morning and tweeted that it had been “a mistake.”

 

 

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Richard Stengel, under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the U.S. Department of State, took to Twitter on Saturday night and appeared to take sides in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Stegel, appointed to his post at the State Department by President Obama last year and confirmed by a 90-8 vote in the senate in April, used his personal Twitter account to call for an investigation into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The former managing editor of Time prefaced the tweet with the State Department’s Twitter handle and ended it with the hashtag #UnitedForGaza, indicating his solidarity with the Palestinians.

Not surprisingly, many Twitter uses were offended by the hashtag:

 

Several people offered excuses for Stegel’s tweet:

 

These excuses might possibly be credible if Stegel didn’t have a history of anti-Israel statements and sympathy for Hamas and the Palestinians. In 2010, when he was still with Time, Stengel penned an incendiary article titled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace.” Discussing the article in a segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he blamed the West Bank security fence for what he considered to be Israel’s complacency in the peace process:

They haven’t had a car bombing in two and a half years. And the sad truth really is that the wall with the West Bank has actually worked. I mean, most Israelis in the course of their lives don’t come into contact with any Palestinians at all. The wall is functioning. And the Gaza strip is so small and so isolated they feel that those folks, the Hamas folks are not that big of a threat…

I mean, the Israelis feel like, you know what? The status quo isn’t so bad and we don’t mind is there is no peace at all.

The fence, of course, was built after Israel offered 98 percent of the West Bank and the Palestinians responded with an intifada that killed more than 2,000 Israelis with bombs and exploding buses.

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Of course we can. However, the current crop reflects quite well the Obamian world view - America is not exceptional/cut down America where and when possible/support America's sworn enemies/etc. The Ketchup King and his cabal just reflect the WH's vision.
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I'm never surprised when the Obama cabal once again puts the twit in Twitter.

I am surprised that anyone at this point finds it particularly revealing that they openly hate Israel and America.

Time to awaken from our slumber. The enemy is inside the gates, has control of the government and doesn't give a Tinker's Dam what you think your rights are.
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Am I the only one who thinks this #twitter mechanism is for teenagers and not really a venue for diplomacy? I know that my wife (and others) think I'm an old fart (Get off my lawn, you punks!). But it just doesn't seem anymore legitimate than Facebook.
I guess I'm getting old. Or stupid. Or both.
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Hashtags by government officials - including White House occupants - make them look like people fresh out of junior college.
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He doesn't know the difference between *its* and *it's*, either. He should watch more Weird Al videos, maybe. Nothing but the brightest and best, of course.
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"Nobody knows better than the editor of the – the former editor of one of our nation’s leading magazines that the modes of communicating are changing at a lightning pace, from broadsheets to broadcasts to tweets"...John Kerry is a twit. The tweeter is a traitor. Tweeting is out of the box. For the SoS to regard it as a legitimate method of diplomacy is ludicrous. Expressing support for our enemy should be grounds for dismissal if not prosecution.
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"urge Russia to honor it's [sic] commitment". This guy was an editor and he can't spell??
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"Can't anybody here play this game?" - Casey Stengel.
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If the 1962 NY Mets had had Barack Obama on the team, they would've went 0-162 and blamed the NY Yankees for it. Oh, and a hashtag: #DamnYankees
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So autocorrect changed Ukraine to Gaza?

That doesn't even pass the laugh test.
Wait, check that, that does pass the laugh test.

It's hilariously stupid to expect me to believe that.
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The US state department is an official arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. The hashtag makes perfect sense
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Yes, I type #UnitedForGaza by mistake all the time. Darned fingers.

Stengel does NOT say that this was an autofill mistake, which seems to be an admission that he typed it himself. He just meant to put it with his other pro-Hamas content instead of with his Ukraine content.
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"My bad."

Is there any quote that more accurately describes the Obama administration State Department than that one?

When did our diplomatic officials start writing like high school-aged slackers? Are there any grown-ups in the house?
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(Kerry)"...we can say we are providing really groundbreaking public diplomacy for a groundbreaking era."

Like the babbling spokeschick Jen Psaki who started her press briefing in the wake of the missile taking down the plane with some completely unrelated garbage, then went on to speak some so-vapid-you-wanted-to-puke words about the downed passenger jet ?

Apparently, all they can get to work over there at the state dept. these days are rank amateurs and idiotlogues like Stengel.
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