I don’t think we’ll see a Saturday Night Live skit about this though.
Don’t the Maldives comprise states #53 and #54 of the 57 United States, or am I mistaken.
His IQ and his hat size are a perfect match!
They look very similar on a teleprompter.
I suppose that's true. But you could also say that they lie off the coast of Kenya. But that might make people ask uncomfortable questions.
At least he did not refer to the islands as the Belgian Endives.
That was like calling Colombia Colombo.
One must have at least an adequate knowledge of world geography to know the difference between Malvinas and the Maldives.
Obama’s “gaffe” suggests he does not know where either one is.
Ummm, no, he didn't. If he wanted to remain neutral and not tick off the U.K., he wouldn't have tried to call them las islas Malvinas.
Whether Obama called the island Malvinas or Maldives, it was an offensive remark to intentionally rename the official name of the islands —The Falklands.
Obama is very clear as to who his friends are and who are not.
Friends include Black Panthers, Socialist regimes, Muslim regimes.
Obama’s enemies are white dominated countries and capitalistic countries.
The Maldives is an Islamic state with a very bad record of oppression of other faiths.
The scary thing is, Zero doing this is all too familiar: Harry S Truman did something similar that helped precipitate the Korean War as did the first Bush Administration with the comments made to Saddam Hussein by then-Ambassador April Gillespie.
Even if he flubbed the name, the Argies could take the fact that he at least tried to use the name they use as a sign that they have free reign. If not to actually invade (they don’t really have the capability to, and the Falklands are much better defended then they were leading up to the first invasion) then certain to heighten the level of saber-rattling. Which isn’t going to be pleasant for the Tories, since they have been working pretty hard to neuter the British military and specifically the Royal Navy.
Games of military chicken can lead to real shooting wars. Another war over the Falklands will be messier than the first. The fact that the RN could deploy two light carriers with fixed wing fighter and attack aircraft (a capability it’s lacked since getting rid of the Ark Royal and the Harrier GR.9s) and mount a credible threat against the Argentine mainland by demonstrating the ability to hit Stanley using Vulcans based on Ascension Island (the Black Buck raids) helped keep the war contained to the islands.
Another go-round given the current Brit OOB would probably require the RN to actually start popping off Tomahawks from its SSNs against mainland Argentine targets to deliver the “It was a bad idea, a VERY bad idea, to try this again” message. And the Brits would have to do that knowing full well that they’d have to wait for the next GOP administration before they could replenish their Tomahawk stocks ...
Free the Maldives!
Maldavia for the Maldavians!
To quote that great statesman, Bugs Bunny: Whatta Maroon!
Amazing how often he makes a gaffe, and disturbing how MSM covers for him. There must be enough for a humor book.