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Twit-plomacy: State Department hoping Putin will ‘live by the promise of the hashtag’

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By Doug Powers  •  April 25, 2014 09:35 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

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Evidence is mounting toward full confirmation of my theory that U.S. foreign policy is being directed from a dorm room at Columbia U.

In an effort to protect Ukraine, the State Department been launching Twitter salvos unprecedented in cold warfare. State spokesperson Jen Psaki demonstrated that recently:

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The hashtag has been going strong, partly due to the mega-mockery of it, but Putin continues to flex his muscles. As a result of a continued lack of cooperation from the Kremlin, Psaki doubled down yesterday:

Russia shouldn’t consider it a “hashtag” as much as it is four crisscrossed red lines.

Are you listening, Mr. Putin? Cooperate with the international community, or, if necessary, we will get “#DoodieHead” trending.

If the latest State Department effort gets Putin to back off is a success I fully expect John Kerry to award Psaki a service medal for hashtag heroism. If it’s not a success, President Obama, using a language the Russian leadership might understand, should pound a shoe on the podium and threaten “we will hashtag you!”

Update:

Actual quote: “I was highlighting the fact that they (Russian leadership) haven’t been following up their hashtags with action.”

We’re in the best of hands.

**Written by Doug Powers

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