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Wait...You Mean Hillary Isn't the Smartest Woman in the World?

The press focused a lot on Huckabee for misstating the status of Pakistan's state of martial law following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Twice now, Hillary Clinton made a mistake in an answer to a question about Pakistan. According to the Politico, she said that President Pervez Musharraf was "a 'candidate' who would be 'on the ballot.'" However, as the Politico points out, Musharraf was reelected on October 6th:

Senator Hillary Clinton was praised in the wake of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto for demonstrating her command of the players and the issues at stake in Pakistan, even as another candidate, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, was criticized for stumbling over details.

But in two confident television appearances, on CNN and ABC, Clinton made an elementary error about Pakistani politics: She described President Pervez Musharraf as a "candidate" who would be "on the ballot."

In fact, Musharraf was re-elected to the presidency in October. The upcoming elections are for parliament, and while Musharraf's party will be facing off against opposition parties, the president himself is not a candidate.

Musharraf's reelection was all over the mainstream media because of the controversy surrounding it, which makes Hillary's mistake that much more glaring. Here's what she said:

"If President Musharraf wishes to stand for election, then he should abide by the same rules that every other candidate will have to follow," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer (.pdf) December 28.

"He could be the only person on the ballot. I don't think that's a real election," she told ABC's George Stephanopolous December 30.

Many of you may remember that back in 1999 when then governor George W. Bush was running for president, a reporter surprised Bush with a "pop quiz" about international leaders. Bush didn't do so well, and the media pounced on it, showing the video over and over again. However, as governor of Texas, he wasn't in regular contact with foreign leaders, so his lack of knowledge was somewhat explainable. This is also the case for Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has made a big deal of the fact that, as first lady, she was in the White House for 8 years and traveled to many foreign lands to meet with foreign leaders and dignitaries, which she argues gives her foreign policy experience above and beyond that of her Democratic primary opponents. She also said that she risked her life on one of these trips, a characterization that is now being described as an exaggeration:

The dictum around the Oval Office in the '90s, she added, was: "If a place was too dangerous, too poor or too small, send the first lady."

It turns out that Clinton wasn't quite flying solo into harm's way that day.

She was, in fact, leading a goodwill entourage that included baggy-pants funnyman Sinbad, singer Sheryl Crow and Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, then 15, according to an account of the March 1995 trip in her autobiography "Living History."

As the plane approached the runway, the pilot ordered the Clintons into the armored front of the plane, Clinton writes.

What's not clear is whether Sinbad or Crow were invited to the cockpit or had to brave it out in the unprotected rear.

Senator Clinton is looking quite foolish after setting up her foreign policy experience like this because she has set an expectation that she didn't fulfill. Not knowing that Pervez Musharraf is the president of Pakistan who won reelection in October and that the elections on January 8th, which will probably be postponed after Bhutto's assassination, are for Parliament is really unacceptable, especially since Pakistan is such an important hot spot in the War on Terror.

Captain Ed is commenting on this. So are Dan Riehl and Scott Hinderaker. Will the mainstream media give it any attention?

Update: Bryan at Hot Air, who is far more informed on Pakistan politics than I, points out that not only was Hillary wrong about what kind of elections are taking place and that Musharraf will not on the ballot, but he also points out that she was completely wrong on everything she said about Pakistan. Bryan explains:

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.

Now that you know the true facts, be sure to watch the video of Hillary's comments so you can actually see her in all her ignorance.

Update II: Bryan asked why none of her opponents have called her on her errors. MSNBC notes that Joe Biden is commenting on Hillary's gaffe, but only the part about Musharraf not being on the ballot.


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Comments (17)

See that light? That's your... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

See that light? That's your career flashing before your eyes Hillary.

Oh silly Kim, don't you kno... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

Oh silly Kim, don't you know that only republicans don't think Hillary is the smart one in the Clinton marriage.

54. Who do you think is smarter -- Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton?
SCALE: 1. Bill Clinton 2. Hillary Clinton 3. (No difference/Same)
4. (Don't know)
Bill Hillary (Same) (Don't know)
18-19 Dec 07 29% 43 22 6
Democrats 25% 51 20 4
Republicans 34% 32 25 9
Independents 28% 44 23 5
Men 35% 39 19 7

Kim, why do you hate the ch... (Below threshold)

Kim, why do you hate the children?

Somewhat related, but not t... (Below threshold)
marc:

Somewhat related, but not to Shillary:(it will take her months to catch up to reality, if ever)

"In a dramatic U-turn, Pakistan government has "apologised" for claiming that former premier Benazir Bhutto died of a skull fracture after hitting the sunroof of her car during a suicide attack."

"Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan has asked the media and people to "forgive and ignore" comments made by his ministry's spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema which were slammed by her Pakistan People's Party as "lies" and led to an uproar at home and abroad."

First we get Clinton preten... (Below threshold)
laurie:

First we get Clinton pretending to know all about Pakistan - which she doesn't -making public error after error on a place in the world most important to our security.

The we get Edwards calling Mushariff as if he is some foreign policy expert before we even know if Mushariff played a role in Bhutto's death and working outside of our nation's protocols. His actions in this matter are downright scary freewheeling like that with a nation that has nuclear weapons.

Then we got Edwards saying today he'll withdraw the troops in Iraq in ten months. I'm all for getting the troops out, but getting them out safely without unnecessary loss of life in the process. This statement really scares me that he would toss out a number just to try to get himself elected.

Quite frankly, there are only two people who understand what's going on in Pakistan and that's Obama and Biden. Obama understand the volitility and complexity in the region and how you can't look at Pakistan in isolation.

Biden has good foreign relations experience and understand you don't go freewheeling in the most dangerous situation on earth.

Barack Obama is my first choice because his has the right vision, the right plans, the right judgment on a broad spectrum of issues facing our world today and is very electable...........Biden is my second choice because in the area of foreign relations he would serve us well.

I'd like to see these two good men get together and put their talents and wisdom and experience together for the American people.

Never would I vote for Clinton (who by her own admission didn't read important information given to her before voting to send our men and women off to war or Edwards who seems to know even less than Clinton about the intricacies and dangers in Pakistan.

laurie - "Quite frankly... (Below threshold)
marc:

laurie - "Quite frankly, there are only two people who understand what's going on in Pakistan and that's Obama and Biden. Obama understand the volitility and complexity in the region and how you can't look at Pakistan in isolation."

Surely you jest! Guess you forgot Obama's statement about invading Pakistan.

Obama-whama-slama is a babe in the woods when it comes to foreign policy.

Hillary probably just forgo... (Below threshold)

Hillary probably just forgot.

Before the federal grand jury investigating how her Rose Law Firm billing records had not been produced in two years after the subpoena was issued, yet turned up in plain view in the library down the hall from her bedroom, Hillary answered "I don't recall" some 147 times.

The woman clearly has a memory problem (for which her husband is probably rather grateful). We should not ridicule those with such disabilities.

Of course, neither should we elect them.

HRC also said she knew Bena... (Below threshold)

HRC also said she knew Benazir well & felt for Bhutto's two children [she must not know BB too well as BB has THREE kids!] The thing about whether Musharraf is on the ballot is a bit of a quibble, but if HRC implied the military killed BB, then she is dumber than Obama when he recommended invading Waziristan---HRC is starting to push panic buttons & we shall see if her gigantic media Wurlitzer will be able to ignore/spin her stupid insinuations about BB's assassination not being a result of Al Qaeda, but of Musharraf. Her campaign is starting to go into tailspin mode.

Obama said 'actionable int... (Below threshold)
docb:

Obama said 'actionable intelligence' and Bhutto agreed with him in an interview with A. Curry in October.
Hillery has not a clue as to foreign policy or much else.
Thank God someone is reporting it and it is on tape.

"Barack Obama is my first c... (Below threshold)
Michael:

"Barack Obama is my first choice because his has the right vision, the right plans, the right judgment on a broad spectrum of issues facing our world today and is very electable...........Biden is my second choice because in the area of foreign relations he would serve us well."

This kind of delusional, wishful, idiotic thinking is one reason why the Republicans will prevail in November.

I agree with most posters t... (Below threshold)
Snowbird:

I agree with most posters that Joe Biden is the
most situatable candidate. I could never in good conscience vote for Hillary. She will do,
say anything to get into the oval office. But then "who" will be running the country? She will be overuled by her husband. I like the
poster who called them the "Hill/billys. Someone has the smarts.

My posting was denied becau... (Below threshold)
snowbird:

My posting was denied because according to your
records "I have made too many submissions in a
short time" I dont know where you got this
informatioin, but the submission you denied was
my first ever to this site.

Snowbird, if you click to s... (Below threshold)

Snowbird, if you click to send something twice it will do that. It has happened to me too.

When Hillary travelled to C... (Below threshold)
J Christian:

When Hillary travelled to China, $45,000.00 of our tax money was spent to build her a private , mobile toilet. On the average, our presidents travel outside the U.S about six times per year. Do we really want to spend over one mil for this queen's throne?

A vote for Clinton is a vot... (Below threshold)
Tre:

A vote for Clinton is a vote for experience "rhetoric" but a vote for Obama is a vote for experience "record." I'm not one of those gullible voters who ignores Obama's extensive resume' compared to Clinton's. She has done nothing substantial in her 8 years as Senator except, of course, vote to authorize Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq, nor in her 8 years as first lady except remain at the side of her adulterous husband (a.k.a. The Commander in Briefs). How is she more "ready" than Obama? In fact, she is less "ready" because she still lacks the judgement and leadership required for the presidency. What is the Karl Rove strategy? Attack your opponent's strength? No!!! You convince the public that your opponent's strength doesn't exist, while you assume your opponent's strength to hide your weakness. In this case, those of you voting for experience should be voting for Obama. Unfortunately, you've been Roved into believing Hillary has the experience.

people will still be stupid... (Below threshold)
linda:

people will still be stupid enough to vote for hillary even though she will put our country in harms way if she doesnt know what she is talking about she should keep her mouth shut instead of making a fool of herself i hope her terrible mistake will be broadcast all over the new media so people can see she has no experience in foreign affairs but i doubt the liberal media will do this maybe the other candadites will point out her mistake but i doubt it somebody needs to bring this mistake to light before its too late for the sake of our country we dont need anybody like this running our country we need someone with experience in foreign affairs not someone whose experience is being first lady this doesnt count as experience neither does spending americans money on stuff we dont need she is a big spender at the expense of the american people wake up america we cant afford hillary or afford to lose our security we cant afford for our country to be given away by the clintons they already tried to give our country to china if elected they will finish the job

we dont need a black muslim... (Below threshold)
linda:

we dont need a black muslim in office either this is just what all the muslim countries want this is what they have been waiting for this is their dream come true americans had better wake up he says he is a christian but he was brought up muslim and they say once a muslim always a muslim americans are getting the wool pulled over their eyes by obama he know how to talk well and can easily fool people he wont win if he gets the nomanation because smart people will figure this out sooner or later americans need to wake up to facts they would be better off with john edwards than hillary or obama but americans are so easily fooled




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