Video: Smartest woman in the world doesn’t know the first thing about Pakistan

posted at 12:15 pm on January 1, 2008 by Bryan

This is from Hillary Clinton’s appearance on This Week, Dec 30th. She gets nearly everything about the Pakistani political situation and upcoming elections wrong. And by wrong, I am not saying that she’s a little wrong. She’s totally wrong. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Let’s take this piecemeal. The Pakistani People’s Party, or PPP, is a hereditary party. Benazir Bhutto became its leader when her father was executed after conviction in a highly questionable trial (not “assassinated,” as Clinton has said), and upon Bhutto’s assassination, her son took the reins because Bhutto had left the party’s leadership to him in her will. Therefore, there was no choice to be made in the PPP’s leadership. It had been made before Bhutto’s death, because the PPP isn’t democratically run.

Second, Nawaz Sharif can’t run. He’s a convicted felon. His party can participate in elections, but he’s barred from running. Musharraf could have pardoned Sharif as he had pardoned Bhutto in late 2007, but he hadn’t, so according to the law Sharif was barred from standing for election.

Third, even if Bhutto hadn’t been murdered and even if Sharif could run, neither would be on the ballot to replace Pervez Musharraf, who isn’t on any ballot himself. Musharraf was just re-elected to a five-year presidential term back in October. The January 8 elections, which have now been postponed to February 20, were for parliament. Bhutto could have become Prime Minister again. Sharif couldn’t. Neither could have replaced the president, who is Musharraf.

So Hillary Clinton, smartest woman in the world and veteran of flying into the world’s dangerous hot spots alongside comedian Sinbad, got the Pakistani elections entirely, completely and utterly wrong in all respects.

Perhaps she should have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on Saturday night.

What may be even more telling than how wrong Hillary got Pakistan is the fact that none of her Democrat rivals have called her out on it. She made her remarks in a high profile interview on the last Sunday morning before the Iowa caucus. It’s now Tuesday. Where are the Edwards and Obama camps to criticize her for getting everything on a vital story completely wrong? It’s reasonable to assume that none of the experts in either camp are even aware that Hillary is so disastrously wrong about the hottest foreign policy story of the moment.

Update: Politico’s Ben Smith picks up the story, but only reports on one aspect of it — that Musharraf won’t be on the ballot.

(h/t Powerline and Thomas Houlahan)

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thuja on January 1, 2008 at 11:23 PM

One more point: You’re holding Bush to account for something he said 7 years ago and which was actually closer to the facts than what Hillary said, and you want to hit Reagan for something he might have said 20 years ago, but you won’t hold Hillary to account for what she said on Sunday. That says more about you than you think.

Bryan on January 2, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Admittedly, I’m left of center for Hotair on Hilary, since I don’t think you have to hate Hilary to oppose her. Despite that, I just don’t know that Bryan’s analysis about Hilary and Pakistan is convincing. So Hilary spoke loosely about Pakistan?

thuja on January 1, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Bryan, and others,

thuja speaks of one Hilary. The Hillary you refer to is obviously the “smartest woman in the world”.

baldilocks, by fixing the name, you muddled the process of clarification from the real Hillary campaign headquarters. This will confuse the voters more now :)

Entelechy on January 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM

baldilocks, by fixing the name, you muddled the process of clarification from the real Hillary campaign headquarters. This will confuse the voters more now :)

Entelechy on January 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM

I do that with everyone’s quoted comment, sans ridicule, hoping to receive the same treatment. “You may say that I’m a dreamer…” ;-)

baldilocks on January 2, 2008 at 1:12 PM

baldilocks, you’re not a dreamer, you’re an angel. As you noticed, I need that help sometimes. Alles Gute im neuen Jahr!

Entelechy on January 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM

She’s so smart she doesn’t have to field questions after stump speeches any longer. Out of 21 events since Christmas, Hillary has only taken questions……3 times!!!

DfDeportation on January 2, 2008 at 3:20 PM

It would be a reasonable assumption that no one else is calling her out on it because they have no clue either. Maybe some of them could pick out Pakistan on a map, but that’s about it.
How will it hurt her anyway? The people of Iowa don’t know either and probably don’t care. The nation’s nutroots have already decided they’re voting for her, no matter how stupid and shifty she is. Remember, she is the only candidate with foreign policy experience coming to her as first lady. Which amounted to tea and crumpets with foreign dignitaries and other first lady friends.

What a biatch!!!

stacman on January 2, 2008 at 4:42 PM

The problem with Hillary’s comments are two-fold. First, she was wrong and rather than admit it, her campaign spins it. Second, she is running for President. Wouldn’t you want to talk in specifics rather than “lossely” in order to impress the voters that you have command of the subject. Some of her comments about foreign policy are just stupid. She doen’t know how the Iranian govenment works and now she appears not to understand Pakistan either. Is this part of her “experience” that she and her husband have been touting this past weekend?

DFWShook on January 2, 2008 at 7:05 PM

I remember back in 2000 how Bush was portrayed as ignorant because he couldn’t name Presidents and PMs of obscure countries, or even not so obscure countries.

The media would yap all about his ignorance and stupidity.

Democrats portray same stupidity and ignorance and free passes for all abound.

Back in 2000 it was somewhat forgivable as Bush was trying to play to the isolationist, protectionist base. But, since 9/11 worldly affairs, especially in terrorist occupied lands is key.

I honestly think every Presidential Candidate should be ambushed with a few questions along the line of:

What is the difference between Sunni Islam and Shiite Islam?
What branch of Islam does Wahabiism closely align with?
What is a hadith?
The koran is divided into two segments? What are they and what is markedly different between the two?
Islam is arabic for: A. Peace B. Submission?
What came first, the Crusades or Islamic expansionism?
Which of the three monotheistic religions is oldest? Judaism, Islam, Christianity?
Muslims regard Jesus as: A. The Son of God. B. A Prophet. C. Satan.
What is the meaning of the word: Dhimmi?
In Islam the world is divided into two parts? What are they?

Which major world leader believes in the annihilation of Baghdad to make way for the 12th Imam?

And for s!ts and giggles:

Mars, moons of Jupiter, and other bodies in our Solar System have appeared to recently go through global warming trends. This can be explained by: A. SUV drivers. B. Al Gores wide open mouth pointed skyward. C. The Sun. D. George Bush’s smirk.

James on January 2, 2008 at 10:32 PM

James on January 2, 2008 at 10:32 PM

I’m sorry, I don’t talk to the press and that applies to you, unfortunately. Even though I think you’re cute

Wade on January 3, 2008 at 10:18 AM