Dec 28, 2007

George W. Huckabee*

Remember when George W. Bush couldn't name the the leaders of several key foreign nations, including a certain general who had recently taken control of Pakistan? It seemed like the kind of gaffe that would throw Bush out of contention for the Republican nomination. It didn't.

Comes now Mike Huckabee, who seems to know just as little about the world around him as Bush did, and is just as confident about asserting major policy proposals based in ignorance.

Indeed, Huckabee's reaction to yesterday's assassination of Benazir Bhutto was to propose building a fence along the Mexican border. Why? Because of all the angry Pakistanis coming into our country via Mexico. How many you ask? According to Huckabee, 660 were caught "last year." Where'd he get that number? First he said from the CIA. Then he said from a story in the Denver Post.

According to the Post, 660 illegal Pakistanis were caught between 2002 and 2005.

I'm sure if he can find a vice-presidential nominee with strong foreign policy credentials that everything will go swimmingly.

*From On Friday morning, Huckabee listed former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as someone with whom he either has “spoken or will continue to speak.”

See, nothing to worry about.


Anonymous said...

I wager that less than 10 percent of Americans would get a decent score on this quiz, let alone one testing world geography.

Anonymous said...

Which is to say that I don't know how much Huckabee's missteps will matter.