The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a think tank in Washington, DC, apologized to Amnesty International and its own 80,000 followers on Twitter for a tweet that was “sent in error.” Amnesty tweeted this morning about its unprecedented decision to send monitors to Ferguson, Missouri: “US can’t tell other countries to improve their records on policing and peaceful assembly if it won’t clean up its own human rights record.”
Seconds later, from the account of CSIS came this tweet: “@amnesty Your work has saved far fewer lives than American interventions. So suck it.” It was swiftly deleted. But not before political junkies got to make jokes unlikely to go viral. David Kenner, Middle East Editor of Foreign Policy magazine, tried to make light of “suck it”. He tweeted a joke: “That’s the last time CSIS gives Tony Cordesman the password to the Twitter account.” Cordesman is a national security analyst at CSIS who recently published an analysis calling for an escalation of US military operations in Iraq.