Is this kind of interaction a uniquely 21st century form of statecraft, or just old wine in new, snarkier bottles?It's very tempting to roll one's eyes and say that we've seen this sort of thing before. CNAS' Andrew Exum argues that this exchange is similar to the "cross-trench trash-talking" of the Spanish Civil War. Which would be true... if the majority of the rest of the world had the option of witnessing the trash-talking in real time.No, this is something different, something that I suspect is activating Anne-Marie Slaughter's sixth sense of detecting "modern social-liberal" trends. And as more and more international affairs heavyweights go on Twitter, it might be a harbinger of a whole new arena of the world politics sandbox.
Almost two years ago, the world got a glimpse of what we might expect from a Mid East Twitter battle royale, were one to break out in the coming days. Yes, in January, 2010, Kirstie Alley and Joy Behar went toe-to-toe over Behar's coverage of the Tiger Woods sex scandal -- which could provide a decent template for Israeli troops in the ol' cyber squadron:
"Cheating is between a husband and wife. Not TMZ and Joy Bewhore . . . God, I want to bash her in the vagina with her microphone.”
21st Century statecraft, indeed. Is there an extra seat available at Camp David?