Looks like ignorance regarding Syria lies at the core of US policy making
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson endured a highly embarrassing gaffe last Thursday during an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Johnson responded with the question, "And what is Aleppo?" when asked what he would do about the situation in the city which has been the center of fighting in the war in Syria.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe)September 8, 2016
Johnson seemed confused and appeared to be stoned on air. The candidate has claimed he has stopped smoking weed for the duration of his campaign, but this incident may provide evidence to the contrary.
But while the entire US political discussion was briefly focused on Johnson's apparent stupidity, it failed to pick up on an even more serious problem - that the former US ambassador to Iraq (i.e., a former member of the government) did not know what Aleppo was either.
Ambassador Christopher Hill was asked to comment on Johnson's lack of knowledge, and said he couldn't believe Johnson didn't know "the capital of ISIS."
— Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim)September 8, 2016
This will surely come as news to the world, which until now has been under the impression that the capital of ISIS is Raqqa.
It will also come as very delightful news to Russia, which has been repeatedly slandered by western media and the US state department for bombing "moderate rebels" in Aleppo.
Now that Aleppo's role as the center of the ISIS terror state has been confirmed, I hope US spokesmen will be prepared to finally shut the hell up. Thanks for clearing that up, Chris.
You know, with this level of incompetence in the halls of Washington, it's no surprise Syria is an absolute catastrophe. Trump is certainly right when he says the current regime in Washington "doesn't have a clue" what they are doing.
As for Gary Johnson, he's going a long way toward proving that two horrible presidents named Johnson were more than enough.
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