Do You Have To Know Geography To Be Good at Foreign Policy?

So far, Barack Obama has not made any faux pas in his trip to Afghanistan and Iraq — but John McCain has:

… In a verbal flub that will spark renewed recollections of his Shiite/Sunni miscue earlier this year while he was visiting the Middle East, he erroneously reconfigured the map of the world.

Asked on ABC about the uptick in violence by Islamic extremists in Afghanistan, he replied: “We have a lot of work to do and I’m afraid it’s a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border.”

Iraq borders several nations, but Pakistan is not among them — looming between the two is Iran. (Pakistan’s neighbors, however, include Afghanistan).

Steve Benen has the video.

One Response to “Do You Have To Know Geography To Be Good at Foreign Policy?”

  1. Craig says:

    Just another example of political discourse for the non-serious.

    Going back and forward with silliness such as Obama citing 10,000 deaths in the Kansas tornados and that the U.S. has 57 States, as well as McCain’s verbal gaffes, is all pointless white noise that distracts from meaningful discussion.

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