October 22, 2013

"A White House national security official was fired last week after being caught as the mystery Tweeter who has been tormenting the foreign policy community..."

"... with insulting comments and revealing internal Obama administration information for over two years."

2 years!

The Daily Beast preserved the tweets of Jofi Joseph, AKA natsecwonk, which included crap like:
“I'm a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me.”

“Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and Cass Sunstein ...”

“So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage....” 
2 years! What does this say about national security?

(I know. It's Samantha Power (not Powers) and Anthony Weiner (not Wiener).)

36 comments:

Michael K said...

That honesty lives ?

Carl Pham said...

What does this say about national security?

That it's strictly secondary to the political needs of Team Hyde Park. Or wasn't that 100% apparent after l'affaire Petraeus?

ddh said...

The best and the brightest?

St. George said...

I read this item and the one about Carney and thought of the opening lines of "War of the Worlds." I wonder how our nation's leaders look to alien "intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic," the Rouhanis, the Putins, the Assads...

"No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment."

Paul Zrimsek said...

Holy cow, there's someone in the White House who knows how to use a computer. Let the tech surge commence!

The Drill SGT said...

St George,

In "Independence Day" they managed that whole thing in 2 lines of the script:

President Thomas Whitmore: What do you want us to do?

Captured Alien: Die. Die.

Bob Loblaw said...

Is Jofi a man or a woman? He/she sounds bitchy.

Michael K said...

"Blogger Bob Loblaw said...

Is Jofi a man or a woman? He/she sounds bitchy."

LGTBQ

El Pollo Raylan said...

So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage....

That sounds suspiciously like a few people around here in the past few years.

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sean said...

What does he know about Cass Sunstein? I'll bet Prof. Althouse has enough connections who could answer this question for us. Is Sunstein habitually unfaithful, or does he have some even more unsavory, Weiner-esque perversion? Inquiring minds want to know.

AJ Lynch said...

Take his salary and multiply by maybe 50,000 more wastes of our tax dollars and we could save what $5 Billion or so? Now that's real money. In fact that is about how much the Repubs want to cut from the annual food stamp program.

AJ Lynch said...

"So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage...."

He sounds like a typical far left librul Democrat.

William said...

This is a start. First they get rid of personnel who tweet something unflattering about Valerie Jowett. Then, after the dust has settled in a year or two, they investigate and discover who has been selling nuclear arms to the Mexican drug cartel. They might even have time to fire someone for the IRS scandal and those so called dead Americans at Ben Ghazi.

ddh said...

Based on all the posts in Sinhalese on his Facebook page, I think Mr. Joseph's family is from Sri Lanka. He uses Che Guevara as his avatar, and he really likes pictures of cats.

Seems like a solid pick for Obama's National Security Council.

SteveR said...

I don't know. Those tweets don't sound like a high priority to me.

Since you've read all of them, I will respect your judgement..

phx said...
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Freeman Hunt said...

"During his time tweeting under the @natsecwonk name, Joseph openly criticized the policies of his White House bosses and often insulted their intellect and appearance. At different times, he insulted or criticized several top White House and State Department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and many many others."

So he made fun of people. He's the guy at the office who gets caught making stupid posts about his boss on Facebook and is fired. Is the White House enough extra to take this past ordinary?

Paul said...

"2 years! What does this say about national security?"

They are not interested in controlling HIM, just YOU!

See they check YOUR emails, YOUR phone records, YOUR TEXTS messages.

They just never checked HIS!

Mark said...

getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family?

Anybody else find that language alarmingly violent?

Tyrone Slothrop said...

Sounds like a professional asshole. But that describes just about anyone in the White House.

elkh1 said...

2 years! What does this say about national security?

Ahh, they knew and used him to say things they dared not say.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Mark said...

Anybody else find that language alarmingly violent?

Those words essentially track the thoughts of a certain blogger also linked to the WH. Taking down the elephant anyone? In some minds it would only be wrong to do so from a helicopter (because of CO2 emissions).

Biff said...

Here's his bio from a page at Princeton. (I'll offer even odds that Princeton will take it down soon.) It turns out he used to work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a staff advisor for Joe Biden.

Truman Scholars - Alumni Bios
JOFI J. JOSEPH, MPA '99

Director for Nonproliferation, National Security Staff, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC
Jofi Joseph is currently the director for nonproliferation at the National Security Council. He has served in the Obama Administration since 2009, first as a Senior Advisor to Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher. He advised the Under Secretary on a range of multilateral arms control treaties, including U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and efforts to initiate negotiations on a fissile material cutoff treaty. From 2007 to 2009, Jofi served as Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.’s (D-PA) principal advisor on foreign policy, national security, and homeland defense issues. He supported Senator Casey’s work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served as the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia chaired by Senator Casey. From 2001 to 2004, Jofi served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and advised the Chairman, Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., on arms control, nonproliferation, and U.S. military assistance issues. In between his stints on Capitol Hill, Jofi was a senior consultant with a professional services firm, facilitating strategic planning and policy analysis for the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts on critical infrastructure protection. Jofi has also worked at the U.S. Department of State on NATO policy and the Congressional Budget Office as a defense analyst.

Jofi graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. Prior to entering the Woodrow Wilson School, Jofi completed a Rotary Fellowship at the Universitat Salzburg in Austria. He has written on national security issues for The Washington Quarterly, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Foreign Policy, Arms Control Today, The Nonproliferation Review, and Defense News.

Edward Lunny said...

" Mark said...

Anybody else find that language alarmingly violent? "
It isn't any different than anything every lib has been saying for the past dozen years or so.....at least.

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St. George said...

Three reactions—

1) Made me wonder how many spies there are in top levels of our government. Unstable people like this guy who are wittingly or unwittingly taken advantage of by foreign powers

2) He's a Biden man. Worked for him from 2001-2004. Must have gotten along well. Maybe same sense of humor.

3) He advised the Under Secretary on a range of multilateral arms control treaties. How reassuring. I'll sleep more soundly tonight.

rastajenk said...

Looks like he's never had a real job.

Robert Cook said...

"What does he know about Cass Sunstein? I'll bet Prof. Althouse has enough connections who could answer this question for us. Is Sunstein habitually unfaithful, or does he have some even more unsavory, Weiner-esque perversion? Inquiring minds want to know."

I don't think the remark is comparing Sunstein and Weiner's private sexual pecadillos, (although...who knows?). Rather, it's either comparing them as both being insufferable assholes--as Weiner famously is, (I don't know anything about Sunstein's reputation in this regard)--or he's simply astonished at the mismatch between Weiner and Sunstein and their respective spouses. You know, that question we all have when viewing an unlikely pairing:

"WTF did (he)(she) see in (her)(him)?!"

Larry J said...

AJ Lynch said...
"So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage...."

He sounds like a typical far left librul Democrat.


You mean the party of the working people, the party of compassion, kindness and intellect? Those librul Democrats?

LilyBart said...

Is Sunstein habitually unfaithful, or does he have some even more unsavory, Weiner-esque perversion? Inquiring minds want to know.

I think its perversion that he wants to use government power to nudge (shove) me to make the decisions he thinks I should make. Creepy, creepy man.

Crimso said...

"What does this say about national security?"

What it says is that when a "White House national security official" tweets:

“So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage....”

that we have a clear and present danger to the citizenry as a whole. It is WAY beyond unacceptable. Anyone who finds this tweet remotely acceptable or agreeable is, like the tweeter in question, a truly dangerous lunatic.

LarsPorsena said...

The difference between this guy and Snowden is?

Robert Cook said...

"The difference between this guy and Snowden is?"

Snowden revealed information that is in the public interest.

LarsPorsena said...

Blogger Robert Cook said...

"The difference between this guy and Snowden is?"

Snowden revealed information that is in the public interest.

10/23/13, 12:52 PM

but it was gathered at the behest of the people he tweeted about. What kind of people want the info Snowden revealed?

Robert Cook said...

"but it was gathered at the behest of the people he tweeted about. What kind of people want the info Snowden revealed?

10/23/13, 3:13 PM"


I don't get your point, exactly, but to answer your question: people who have no business knowing the info they're gathering about us.

We, the people, should have the info revealed by Snowden in order to know that those people are spying on our every move and communication.