Romney’s Geography Problem

I missed this on Monday night:

Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea.

Apparently, it was no mere slip of the tongue: Romney has said it repeatedly before, and been called on it. It is, of course, utter gibberish: Iran has plenty of coastline and no border with Syria.

Commenter Warren Terra wins the night:

Syria is Romnesia’s route to the sea.

Really and truly: how pig-ignorant can you be and still have the Village Idiots treat you as a serious candidate for President of the United States?

Bonus One of NRO’s hacks goes for a Nobel Prize in Hackery by defending Romney on this; even the NRO commenters laugh at him.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.