Fake Twitter accounts are among my favorite things on the Internet. It’s amazing how refreshingly honest people can be sometimes when they’re not being themselves. Especially when they have an insider’s perspective on something that that is usually kept pretty cleaned up for the public.
Which why I’m so sad today to learn that I never got the opportunity to follow @NatSecWonk, the brainchild behind a senior White House official. Jofi Joseph was director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council staff, and has helped negotiate nuclear issues with Iran, but was fired last week after he was revealed as the voice behind the bitingly critical Twitter account.
His Twitter page has been deleted, much to my chagrin. Rumor has it that he described himself in his profile as a “keen observer of the foreign policy and national security scene” who “unapologetically says what everyone else only thinks.”
He tweeted some gems, and he didn’t hold back -- even going after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her bungling of the Benghazi murders. He tweeted earlier this month, “Look, Issa is an ass, but he’s on to something here with the @HillaryClinton whitewash of accountability for Benghazi.” Republican Congressman Darrell Issa has been relentless in his demand for accountability from the Whitehouse about Benghazi, Libya.
Joseph told Politico that he regretted his tweets. He stated:
"What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted."
Dude! You don’t need to apologize. It’s not like you’re going to get your job back anyway. Washington takes itself too seriously anyway -- we need some snark in there to get people to pay attention more! So sorry that the White House didn’t like you tweeting critical things about its darlings, but maybe if they’d do their jobs, you wouldn’t have lost yours.
Best of luck to you, man.
If you created an anonymous Twitter account, what would it be?
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