Educated Americans, that minor part of the US’s population that holds a passport and use them to travel abroad and learn a thing or two about other lands, must be so embarassed by their Republican Presidential candidates.
Check out, for example, Romney’s claim that the US helped Indonesia to move toward modernity in the 1960s. The prospect of Romney getting into the White House is only a shade less scary than Bakrie entering the Istana.
He and the other candidates were asked how they’d deal with Pakistan as president. It’s a tough, important question. Pakistan is a nuclear power that the US sends billions of dollars in aid to, yet works against the American war effort in Afghanistan and appeared to harbor Osama bin Laden.
His answer? “We don’t want to just pull up stakes and get out of town after the enormous output we’ve just made for the region. Look at Indonesia in the ’60s. We helped them move toward modernity. We need to help bring Pakistan into the 21st century, or the 20th for that matter. Right now American approval in Pakistan is 12 percent. We’re not doing a very good job with that investment. We could do better by encouraging the opportunities of the West.”