The kitten diplomacy


There should be more of it:

The US embassy in Australia has apologised for an email invitation featuring a cat dressed in pyjamas that was mistakenly sent out by the US state department.

The email, titled “meeting”, went to an unknown number of recipients, US officials in Canberra confirmed.

It was accompanied by a photo of a cat wearing a Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of biscuits.

In a light-hearted apology, the embassy called the email a “training error”.

“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pyjama-jam’ party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise,” US mission to Australia spokesman Gavin Sundwall told the Australian Associated Press.

“It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.”

Sure, guys, blame the intern.

Seriously, what is there to apologise for? In the week when the President of the United States and an ageing porn star are trading insults about her appearance and his penis size on Twitter and when US Senators are outrolling each other about their percentage of Native American blood we need more damned kittens.

Here’s my contribution, the great late Caesar or Mr C: