Good News! State Department Now Tweeting In Arabic

They’re only almost 15 days late, but, hey, they’ve got a great message!

It took a while, but the U.S. State Department is now tweeting in Arabic.

With unprecedented political turmoil rocking Egypt and protesters turning to social media such as Twitter and Facebook, the mouthpiece of U.S. foreign policy wants in on the game.Its first message? #Egypt #Jan25 تعترف وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية بالدور التاريخي الذي يلعبه الإعلام الإجتماعي في العالم العربي ونرغب أن نكون جزءاً من محادثاتكم

(Translation: “We want to be a part of your conversation!”) (Teach: “Recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of America’s historic role played by social media in the Arab world and want to be part of your conversation” is the translation I get)

The new State Department Arabic Twitter feed, @USAbilaraby, joins a growing chorus of Twitter feeds describing and commenting on events in Egypt and across the Arab world, where social media is helping to broadcast political ferment.

I can think of a few things they could have said otherwise, something like “we support your protest against your dictator” and “why do you support radical Islam?”It’d be nice if they actually kept the feed going, since the last tweet was 8 hours ago.

The feed, which currently has a scant 161 followers (555 as of my posting time), has passed along messages including President Barack Obama’s statement that the future of Egypt is in the hands of the Egyptian people and Vice President Joe Biden’s demand that Egypt immediately stop harassing journalists and scrap its emergency law.

We should be glad that Sheriff Joe is putting has vast foreign policy experience, you remember, that is why he was picked for the Team Obama ticket, to good use in such a productive manner.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has directed the State Department to spare no effort to harness the power of the Internet to spread the U.S. message….

What is the US message? Is it that Mubarak should go now, starting yesterday, or, an orderly transition? Is it all the mixed messages, forcing Team Obama to combat a rift between the State Dept. and White House? Is the message much better after all the initial missteps? Maybe it’s all the smart power, which has seen the US standing in Egypt go from 30% to 17%? Just remember, when Obama or Little Bobby Gibbs stutter through some response about what to do with Egypt, one of the Tweets said: “President Obama: There is no room to return to the previous situation. can u donate $3 dollars?”

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5 Responses to “Good News! State Department Now Tweeting In Arabic”

  1. Trish says:

    F’em. I am so sick and tired of our ineffective, kowtowing state department (and it’s supreme leader of kowtowing, Obama) that I could vomit when I hear anything they are up to.
    It would make sense if as you point out, they actually had something constructive to say, but we all know that they don’t and we all wonder what “plan” if any our government has in mind. Besides the obvious one we can guess at; that Obama would like to see an Islamic state made of Egypt.

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  3. mojo says:

    Message decodes: DERP

  4. I’m not sure if Obama wants to see an Islamic state, I just think he has no clue what so ever what he is doing, and, like Carter, may very well lose Egypt to the Islamists.

    DEPR it is!

  5. captainfish says:

    Of course they have no idea. That has been evident from day one of their campaign. No clue, no idea, no reality.

    I have some suggested tweets…
    – Stop your radical Islam and join the 21st century.

    – Protect human rights, including children and women.

    – Demand personal and gov’t accountability, even from your priests.

    – Accept a true Representative Government instead of a Theocracy. Rotate your leaders to prevent dictatorships.

    – Allow free market rules and free and open trade with all your neighbors.

    – Prevent the actions and flow of terrorism in\through your country including those acts aimed at your neighbors.

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