Unanticipated Benefit of US Government Shutdown
Due to the lapse in appropriations I will not be updating Twitter and Facebook regularly. Please visit @StateDept for updates.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 4, 2013
This means the hyperactive US Ambassador, whose every pronoumcement is a diplomatic disaster, who continues his desperate attempts to put his long and impressive "regime change" credentials to work in Russia, will at least for the time being actually be doing something to help rather than harm US/Russian bilaterial relations: keep quiet.
So here's one of the of the unintended positive consequences of the US government shutdown: radio silence from Meddlesome McFaul.
UPDATE: More good news from McFaul:
The new reality for us during the government shutdown is that we are not conducting business as usual in our diplomacy.— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 4, 2013