Monday, July 21, 2008

John McCain thinks Iraq and Pakistan share a border

Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border. There is a large country called "Iran" between them. Yet, John McCain, whose foreign policy expertise none may question, does not know this basic fact of world geography.

Asked by ABC's Diane Sawyer Monday morning whether the "the situation in Afghanistan in precarious and urgent," McCain responded: "I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. 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[.]"

McCain said recently that "in a time of war, the commander in chief doesn't get a learning curve."

McCain's inability to answer basic questions about the politics and geography of the Middle East suggests his learning curve on foreign policy is quite steep. Prohibitively steep, in fact, for someone who aspires to the presidency. There is too much at stake to risk electing someone who seems to know absolutely nothing about about his own supposed area of expertise. His own standards dictate that McCain now withdraw from the presidential race.

Unless, of course, he didn't mean any of it in the first place.

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