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  • I particularly like the bit of the article that says However, there has long been a sense that Mr Bush's respect for Pakistan has never extended actually to knowing anything about the place. Sweet.


    • Eh. They don't know much about me, why should I care if my President knows much about them?
      • In theory, its part of his job description to know stuff about countries around the world, or at least give the appearance of knowing.

        You know, foreign affairs and all that.
        • Sure. It makes him look bad to them. I am just saying they don't know much about us, so it is hypocritcal for them to say he should know much about them.
          • It makes him look bad to everyone else, not just in Pakistan. That gives a bad image of a country, and certainly doesn't help foreign trade and politics. When asked about Talibans (pre-9-11) a guy that answers "Yes, a nice rock band. I think my daughter listens to them." will require an army of diplomats to get any international consensus on issues relating to Talibans (which is more or less what happened). Americans would be much less hated throughout the world if those that represent them had the respect to ask some assistant to do some reading before they open their mouths. I wish that would happen, it'd make quite a few things easier :-)

            But then GW is probably beyond being saved at this point.

            I also don't think it's wise to risk diplomatic trouble -- however slight -- with a country that has the A bomb.


            -- Robin Berjon []

            • Whatever. No one really cares. They care about action. I would in fact doubt it makes him look bad to anyone. People who think he looks bad from this already thought he looked bad. People who didn't care will continue to not care. People who like him will continue to. Life goes on.