Mitt needs a map


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).



  1. Palin must have been his geography debate coach.

  2. Milton Waddams

    Maybe if he wins he can make Miss South Carolina his Secretary of State. They both share a great love of Geography.

  3. The idea of moving troops from the East across Iraq against Israel is as old as the New Testament. Literally.

    “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.” (Revelation 16:12)

    If Iran wanted to launch an invasion against Israel, do you really think they would push to the Iraq border and then stop and say, “Oh, gosh, we can’t cross an international border, I guess we’d better give up this idea of invasion and just go home.”

    Romney never said that Syria and Iran were geographically contiguous. He said Syria was on the path to the sea in terms of terrain and landmass. It’s an accurate statement. Only a true simpleton would pick a fight over this.

    You are behaving as if Romney claimed that Chile or Prussia were on Iran’s path to the sea. But I have become used to your strange technique of fixating on pointless things as a way of coping with your probable trauma of Obama’s defeat in a few days.

  4. Dan F.: You are so transparent!

    If Obama had made the same mistake about Iran and the sea, you and every other wingnut in the land would be chortling your fool heads off.

    Of course, the mistake would first have to be pointed out to you. I doubt that your grasp of geography is any better than Mitt’s — or any better than your grasp of politics.

  5. Milton Waddams: In case some readers don’t understand your reference to Miss South Carolina, this video explains the situation:


  6. Luke Fredrickson

    How ironic that Dan, in excusing Romney’s flub, uses the term “Literally” as he cites the Book of Revelations.

    I now understand why Romney wants 2 trillion more for the Pentagon. We have to prepare to fight the Seven-Headed Beast. Literally.

  7. shawnnews

    Syria is a path to the MediterrEan Sea for Iran if they have treaties for launching ships, Could he mean that?

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