Gomer Pyle meets Maxwell Smart
In Washington Nobody Gives a Shi'te: Little Green Footballs approves of a New York Times article describing the travails of a reporter who found as he interviewed appointed and elected officials in Washington that very few were aware of the difference between a Sunni and a Shi’ite. “Most American officials I’ve interviewed don’t have a clue. That includes not just intelligence and law enforcement officials, but also members of Congress who have important roles overseeing our spy agencies. How can they do their jobs without knowing the basics?”
Maybe things aren't as bad as the NYT reporter suggests, but his charge of ignorance is probably true to some extent. My only quibble is that he spends most of his time decorating his gallery of doofuses with Republicans. Having just read Lawrence Wright's The Looming Towers and Michael Scheuer's Imperial Hubris, it is abundantly clear from those two books that the Democrats didn't know the difference between a horse and horseradish either. Democratic Congressman John Murtha recently proposed to defend Iraq from bases in Okinawa.
Sheesh. We're doomed! We're doomed.