There is too much “irony fail” in US politics right now–I would even know where to begin. So for now we will concentrate on some interesting international examples:
First, we have Raul Castro vehemently arguing against the new US protectionism. Did he have to actively stop himself from cracking up as he was saying these words:
“La nueva agenda del gobierno de los Estados Unidos amenaza con desatar un proteccionismo comercial extremo y egoísta que impactará la competitividad de nuestro comercio exterior [The new agenda of the US government threatens to unleash an extreme and selfish protectionism that will hurt our competitiveness in trade.]
h/t to Greg Weeks (@GregWeeksCLT) for this gem.
Second, we have none other than former Iranian President Ahmadinejad joining twitter. Ironic since he was “instrumental in getting it banned from the country.” Apparently this is not unusual in Iran: “Despite the service being blocked for ordinary citizens, many of Iran’s top officials tweet regularly, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.” See link here.
And last, but definitely not least, we have a great set of tweets by the excellent George Ayittey (@ayittey) on how African governments un-ironically respond to a need for less government and more private sector encouragement.
I asked Professor Ayittey if the last suggestion was merely satire and he responded no, that Mali had actually set up a Ministry of Less Government Spending. You can’t make this stuff up!