In last night’s presidential debate on foreign policy, Mitt Romney said Syria is Iran’s path to the sea.
Actually, Iran and Syria don’t share a border, and Iran has 1,500 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea.
UPDATE: Glenn Kessler, the fact-checker at The Washington Post, SAYS Romney has made this same mistake on previous occasions:
We’ve puzzled over this comment for a while. When the presumptive GOP nominee referred to Syria as Iran’s “route to the sea” during the Arizona GOP debate in February, we figured it was just a slip of the tongue.
But then a reader counted at least five times in which Romney has used this phrase, including in the Feb. 22 debate, at last month’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference, in a TV interview (MSNBC, Dec. 21), on the radio (Kilmeade & Friends, Feb. 14) and even in a Washington Post interview (Feb. 10).