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'What Is Aleppo?' Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and the New York Times have no clue

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has no clue about what is going on in Syria. Fair enough.

He had no chance to to win the US Presidency anyway, but he might have played a spoiler role for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump…no one was really sure if Johnson pulled more Democrats or Republicans, and I have heard arguments going both ways.

In any case, his appearance on MSNBC, when Johnson asked ‘What Is Aleppo?’ should be enough to ensure that he is a non-issue going forward.

Zerohedge reports further, and rightly so admits that these things happen, and at least Johnson, unlike the Democratic nominee, has the guts and honesty to fess up to his short comings, and not throw blame around to something like “the Russians” or “Vladimir Putin.”

Today’s political gaffe du jour belonged to Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, who during an MSNBC interview infamously inquired “What is Aleppo?”  Ok, fine, it happens: in a refreshingly honest statement basically saying, “sorry, I am human”, Gary later explained justified the momentary lapse of knowledge as follows: “I’m incredibly frustrated with myself. I have to get smarter and that’s just part of the process…Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes.”

We think the way Johnson handled his gaffe was the right way you handle such things. We can all chuckle and move on.

However what follows is even more ridiculous and tragic, given the fact that this ‘newspaper of record’ has been pushing hard for a Syrian war and US invasion…

That, however did not stop the media from unleashing a blitzkrieg of attacks mocking the New Mexico governor. Among them none other than the stalwart supporter of liberal ideals, the New York Times, whose Alan Rappeport had this to say in its take on Johnson’s “stumble.”

Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party presidential nominee, revealed a surprising lack of foreign policy knowledge on Thursday that could rock his insurgent candidacy when he could not answer a basic question about the crisis in Aleppo, Syria. “What is Aleppo?” Mr. Johnson said when asked on MSNBC how, as president, he would address the refugee crisis in the war-torn Syrian city.  After Mike Barnicle, an MSNBC commentator who is often part of the “Morning Joe” program panel, explained that Aleppo was the center of Syria’s refugee crisis, Mr. Johnson struggled to recover. The stumble could be a serious blow to Mr. Johnson’s campaign, just as he is making a final push to improve his standing in the polls.

Big deal, is happens: in the heat of the moment, everyone draws a blank, especially when millions are watching. it goes without saying that there are far greater travesties in this presidential election involving both of Johnson’s competitors.

Still, there may be an explanation that explains the Libertarian’s lack of knowledge on this topic: he may have just been reading the New York Times. During the NYT’s attempt to lampoon the “confused” Johnson, the NYT gave its answer to  “what is Aleppo”, not once, but twice.


Next time the NYT pushes for war in Syria, or prints another fake Assad attack on “moderate” rebel, Al Qaeda terrorists, remember that these guys at the NYT do not even know what is the capital of Syria.

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