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1/1/2008

Will the L.A. Times Cover Hillary’s Clueless Comments About Pakistan?

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 11:10 pm

Earlier today, DRJ noted that Hillary screwed up some comments about Pakistan, revealing a frightening ignorance about the current state of affairs there. As Pakistan analyst Thomas Houlihan put it:

And then it hit me:

Sen. Clinton really didn’t know that the upcoming elections were for individual seats in Pakistan’s parliament. She actually believed that Bhutto, Nawaz and Musharraf would be facing off as individual candidates for leadership of the country in the upcoming elections.

Sen. Clinton didn’t know that Nawaz Sharif isn’t allowed to run for office in Pakistan because of a felony conviction. She didn’t know that President Musharraf won’t be on the ballot because he’s already been elected.

Sen. Clinton, a candidate for the leadership of the free world, apparently doesn’t know the first thing about the country referred to by some as “the most dangerous place on earth.”

More from Captain Ed, Power Line, and Hot Air.

I am waiting with bated breath to see how the L.A. Times covers this. I looked tonight to see if there was anything online about it yet. I did find an article that noted the fact that Mike Huckabee had stumbled earlier in the month in commenting on Pakistan. The same article described the unstable situation in Pakistan as a plus for Clinton, because she is considered so great on foreign affairs.

But I could find nothing on Hillary’s numerous gaffes on Pakistan — at least through and including their January 1, 2008 edition.

Surely, they’re hard at work on something about it.

After all, when George W. Bush failed a pop quiz in 1999 regarding the names of the leaders of Chechnya, Taiwan, India and Pakistan, the L.A. Times thought it was worth an article. And a follow-up. And another follow-up. And some Page A1 commentary from Ron Brownstein.

Hillary’s comments about Pakistan are more worrisome than Bush’s poor performance on the 1999 pop quiz. After all, the current election situation in Pakistan is more critical than a pop quiz regarding the names of world leaders. And Hillary’s statements were unforced errors, not the answers to a pop quiz.

So I’m expecting at least four “Hillary doesn’t know squat about Pakistan” pieces in the L.A. Times over the next couple of weeks.

At least.

Because the L.A. Times isn’t biased against conservatives. And you’ll never find me saying anything different.

(Thanks again to D.J.)

UPDATE: Nothing in the paper through January 2.

7 Responses to “Will the L.A. Times Cover Hillary’s Clueless Comments About Pakistan?”

  1. They’ve covered the Hsu story fair and square. You’d hope they’d cover this one, but I have my doubts.

    Christoph (92b8f7)

  2. You’re right about the Hsu story.

    Patterico (699c28)

  3. From Bryan at Hot Air:

    “Well, his party is on the ballot,” said communications director Howard Wolfson, in an interview at Clinton headquarters in Des Moines, Tuesday, suggesting that the senator knew the difference between the man and the party being up for election, but was using shorthand. “And I don’t think anybody questions that Sen. Clinton has a vast and deep knowledge about foreign policy.”

    Well, her vast and deep knowledge was easily blown away by poking around on Google for 10 or 20 minutes. Her vast and deep knowledge was in fact entirely wrong. The only thing vast and deep about the Clinton machine is its tendency to lie and toss out vast and deep quantities of BS.

    Christoph (92b8f7)

  4. Hillary is starting to make dangerous silly statements not unlike Obama’s nonsense, which further undermines Musharraf’s position in Pakistan. No doubt this gives the juvenile Democratic Left full-body giggles, but Pakistan’s various political factions are largely not pro-American and there is a lot of islamist support. The fall of Musharraf would be a disaster, and seeing Democrats cheer it on only confirms that they are not a party of adults.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  5. If Mushariff falls to the cheers of the Dems, will it be a book-end to their removal of the Shah?
    In both cases, radical Islamism will have enhanced power, to the detriment of civilization in the West, and the World.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

  6. Hilariously, even Clueless Joe Biden thinks Hillary does not know what she is talking about with relation to Pakistan. Oooo, that’s gotta sting.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  7. Joe Biden couldn’t spell “CAT” if you spotted him the “C” and the “t”! So if HE is aware of how clueless Herself is, heaven help us all!

    Gayle Miller (187b6e)


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