Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Somebody Send Mitt a Map

It has to be a bitch being a cartographer and having to keep track of new countries every day, borders changing, city names being changed, etc. It drives me up the damned wall to try and figure out what countries made up the old Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and where they are located.

But Mitt really did it last night when he got Iraq and Iran turned around geographically and thought Iran was the country that was landlocked. More than one observer noted there is a reason why there is a body of water called the Persian Gulf. Iran also borders on the Caspian Sea. Of course, Iraq isn't truly landlocked; there is an little part of it that borders on the Persian Gulf between Kuwait and Iran. Anyway, Mitt tried to sound authoritative on the Syrian situation and ended up making a gigantic gaffe on national television.

It isn't the first time he's done it, either:

Mitt Romney is not particularly new to gaffes but when it comes to one about the relationship between Syria and Iran, he has shown extraordinary courage in repeating it at least six times just in the past year.

During last night's foreign policy debate, Romney said: "Syria is Iran's only ally in the Arab world. It's their route to the sea."

In fact, Iran, a close ally of Bashar al-Assad's regime, has direct access to international waters through its large coastline on the Gulf and is not even a neighbour to Syria in order to rely on it as a route to the sea.

Instead, Syria gives Iran a physical access to Lebanon and its Hezbollah militia which is strategically important for Tehran leaders because of the group's geographical position in respect to Israel.


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