My Afghan Twitter Firestorm

Saturday afternoon, I read about how the U.S. had bombed the only hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which was being staffed by the French volunteer group, Doctors without Borders.  I recalled the 2004 U.S. bombings of a hospital in Fallujah.  So I tossed out a tweet –

Nattie Roman responded with a great quip –

Her tweet got lots of pickup – boosted after I replied, “Close enough for government work.”

Then Wick Allison, the chairman of the board of the American Ideas Institute, the publisher of the American Conservative (where I’m a contributing editor), replied with a message aimed at me and Clark Stooksbury, another American Conservative contributing editor who had retweeted (or favorite) my original line:

Allison later clarified that he lives in an “irony-free zone” and missed my attempted humor.

After Angela Keaton @antiwar2 kindly retweeted my original line, the topic reheated. Here’s an insightful response from a twitter user named DJkilllist

On Saturday Kevin McKenzie replied to my original tweet, so I tossed out another line exonerating all government killings:

Alas, this was not well-received by Twitter users calling themselves Anarchoantihero and Lo

Regardless, I continue to have unbounded hope that social media will cure all the ills of Attention Deficit Democracy.

If nothing else, my Twitter account will increase the number of people who dance at my funeral – or who at least do cartwheels upon hearing of my demise.


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3 Responses to My Afghan Twitter Firestorm

  1. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit October 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    I swear – I don’t know WHY they let twat trolls have Twitter accounts.

    But based on personal experience, nothing strengthens the quality of an argument like Harsh Adult Language. That’s when the other side knows to check its forebrain at the door and SOMEBODY’S gonna end up with PlayDoh in his hair by the time the dust settles!

  2. Jim October 5, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    At least nobody misspelled the F-word. But Twitter has an automatic spellcheck, so maybe that is not a silver lining in the national literacy dark cloud….

  3. Greg October 8, 2015 at 1:41 am #

    Well done sir! Well done
    There so easy