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Louder Than Words

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@NATSECWONK, the mysterious snarky Twitter voice on all things national security, has disappeared from the Twittersphere.

After 2 years of leaking internal administration information and tormenting the foreign policy community, the anonymous individual behind @NATSECWONK has been revealed: Jofi Joseph. On the verge of a leading job at the Pentagon, the  Georgetown and Princeton graduate was fired and put under investigation for possible security breaches.

While hidden behind his account name, Mr. Joseph openly criticized policies of his White House bosses, often insulting their intellect and appearance. These tweets were aimed at various department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Seurity Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and countless more.

Mr. Joseph’s snark was not confined to his Obama administration colleagues. He also took aim at senior Republican figures, as  …

“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….,”

During the 2012 Presidential campaign, Mr. Joseph lashed out at conservative journalists and members of the presidential campaign staff of Mitt Romney, alike:

“@MiekeEoang Come on, I expected better of you. @jrubinblogger is CRAZY unhinged while @noonanjo is an overweight paid Romney shill,”

he tweeted, referring to the Washington Post’s conservative blogger Jen Rubin and Romney campaign national security staffer John Noonan.

The revelation that Mr. Joseph was the mystery tweeter behind @natsecwonk came as a shock among the policy wonks. In part, because of his wife’s well-known and well-respected reputation as a professional staffer on the Republican side of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Little sympathy followed him, as the rest of the administration was not only taunted, but betrayed.

Mr. Joseph used his anonymity by tweeting things he believed others were thinking but would never openly say.

My friends call me Batman,” he once tweeted.

In our brave new world of transparency, presenting yourself to best advantage is more crucial than ever. When you speak to the public, i.e. public speaking, your actions speak louder than words.

Although @NATSECWONK has disappeared forever, his tweets will never be forgotten!

 

 

Stepping Out of Bounds

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Miami Dolphins’ Richie Incognito didn’t stay disguised as a “team player” long enough to avoid indefinite suspension by the Miami Dolphins when his racist bullying was exposed.

The target of his cruelty, Stanford-educated rookie linebacker, Jonathan Martin reportedly paid $15,000 for a player trip to Las Vegas under pressure from Mr. Incognito, an apparently standard-operating procedure by veteran players.

Incognito, 30, was drafted by the Rams in 2005, joined the Bills for one season in 2009 and has been with the Dolphins since 2010. While with the Rams, he was known as “one of the dirtiest players in the league.”

Helping our players achieve their full potential, to develop and grow in a safe environment is the responsibility of those in charge, much as I expect my own children to be protected by the management of their schools, Dolphin’s head Coach Joe Philbin said.

Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said that Incognito was on the team’s “DNDC” list ahead in the 2005 NFL draft. The acronym means, “Do Not Draft because of Character.”

During a recent Colts-Texans game broadcast on NBC, former Kansas City Chiefs GM and New England Patriots’ player-personnel VP Scott Pioli said of Incognito, “I didn’t want him coming out (of college), and I don’t want him now.”

It is said that, “The camera never lies, nor does it blink.” We continually broadcast who we are by what we say and do.

Mr. Incognito, the media and your “fans” are watching!