Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's top spokesman, P.J. Crowley, sent a birthday message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad via Twitter Friday, prompting a response by former Governor Sarah Palin who described the post as "mind boggling" foreign policy.The third tweet from the State Dept. will likely read as follows:
Crowley posted two short messages directed at the Iranian president, who turned 54 this week.
"Happy birthday President Ahmadinejad," the first tweet reads. "Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be.
Fattal and Bauer were arrested near the Iranian border with Iraq in July of 2009 and have been held in Iran since on charges of espionage.
The second tweets reads: "Your 54th year was full of lost opportunities. Hope in your 55th year you will open Iran to a different relationship with the world.
Sarah Palin took issue with the message. Shortly after Crowley's post appeared she wrote, "Happy B'day Ahmadinejad wish sent by US Govt. Mind boggling foreign policy: kowtow & coddle enemies; Obama Doctrine is nonsense..."
Happy Birthday! We love you!
As a token of appreciation for all the assistance you've provided to our Taliban allies, we've permitted high-ranking Iranian officials to attend in-depth briefings [given] by American military commanders. It's our birthday gift to you!
P.S. Please try to release the American hikers [detainees, aka hostages], preferably some time in the not so distant future; at your own convenience, of course. Thanks.