A View from the Top (?)

Big news this week was the announcement that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has joined a burgeoning international community – by starting his own weblog (http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/).

I have to admit I’m really torn about this. On one hand I think it’s a great use of the technology – actually speaking to your people without filtering every word through umpteen levels of bureaucrat, image consultant, censor and spin doctor. It may not be transparent government, but it’s a step in the right direction. (Although i did note that comments weren’t being accepted. Party pooper)

On the other hand, i couldn’t help remembering a classic article from The Onion published a few months back:

CIA Asks Bush To Discontinue Blog

“…According to (CIA director) McLaughlin, several recent entries on PrezGeorgeW. typepad.com have compromised military operations, while other posts may have seriously undercut the PR efforts of White House press secretary Scott McClellan.”

“…A July 24 posting read, “Just got back from a lunch with Colin and Adil Moussa (one of Prince Saud al-Faisal’s guys). Colin wants the Saudis to send some troops to Najaf—so some of the soldiers are Arab, I guess. This Moussa guy sure wears a lot of jewelry. A golden chain, a golden ring with his initials or something, and some other sparkling stuff—kinda effeminate. Anyway, best of luck in Iraq, Iyad.”

“..Bush said he could not understand McLaughlin’s anger, characterizing his blog as a ‘personal thing written for friends and family or whoever’ and therefore ‘none of the CIA’s business’…”

If you haven’t dropped in to The Onion lately, the best things in life are passing you by. Other past headlines of note:

Holy S**t! Man Walks on F**king Moon! – 21st July, 1969
Head Dead Head Dead – 9th August, 1995 (re death of Gerry Garcia)
NSA Wiretap Reveals Subject May Be Paying Too Much For Long-Distance
New Oliver Stone 9/11 Film Introduces ‘Single Plane’ Theory


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