…By trolling an NGO via your think tank’s official Twitter account.
Those who know the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) — a buttoned-down, bow tie-heavy wonk shop if ever there was one — were surprised to see this tweet by @CSIS directed at Amnesty International on Tuesday.
— Andrew Exum (@abumuqawama) August 19, 2014
Amnesty has been on the ground in Ferguson, MO, covering the unrest following the police shooting of Ferguson resident Michael Brown. Amnesty apparently believes that the U.S. has no moral standing to oppose human rights abuses abroad because one of its provincial police departments has used tear gas to quell rioting. While the Ferguson Police Department could stand to learn a thing or two about proportionality, clearly Amnesty could as well. Ferguson, put simply, is not Iraq.
The patriotic CSIS intern, identity unknown, was having none of Amnesty’s moral equivalency. And the crowd went wild.
CSIS should give that intern a raise. Look at all this press they’re getting! http://t.co/XPJJ7EPUkx
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) August 19, 2014
I blame CSIS. Where I work, we give interns clear, written guidance: “Use dummy accounts to harass Amnesty Int.” No ambiguity about it. — Mike Doran (@Doranimated) August 19, 2014
CSIS mea culpa‘d pretty quickly, and the two organizations made up, but not before one intern locked down his or her spot in the D.C. Intern Hall of Fame.
—M. Blake Seitz is Editor-At-Large of THE ARCH CONSERVATIVE
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*AKA “Bow Tie Guy.”
— ArchConservativeUGA (@ArchConUGA) June 24, 2014
Can we get #BowTieGuy a spot on this committee?
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) June 24, 2014