Ben Carson Knows Nothing About Foreign Policy, Unaware Baltic States Part Of NATO

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Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon, who is considering a Republican presidential bid, stumbled miserably on foreign policy questions, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt Wednesday. Most notably, Carson seemed utterly confused about basic geography, as he was unaware that the Baltic States were member nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Instead, Carson seemed to think the Baltic States were former parts of the Soviet Union that had splintered off recently.

When Hewitt asked Carson, “should we have that sort of commitment, that if Putin makes a move on the Baltic states, we’d go to war?”, Carson responded:

Well, if we have them involved in NATO. We need to convince them to get involved in NATO and strengthen NATO.

A perplexed Hewitt corrected Carson, stating:

Well, the Baltics, they are in NATO. So that’s, we’ll come back after the break and continue that conversation.

As the interview continued, it was readily apparent that Carson was in over his head on foreign policy questions. Part of the exchange continued as follows:

Hugh Hewitt: But Dr. Carson, one of the things I know that’s going to come up, and again, I don’t do ambush interviews, but when it appeared you didn’t know that the Baltic states were a part of NATO, or where you date the…

Ben Carson: Well, when you were saying Baltic state, I thought you were continuing our conversation about the former components of the Soviet Union. Obviously, there’s only three Baltic states.

Hugh Hewitt: Right, and they’re all part of NATO.

Hugh Hewitt: And so what I worry about as a Republican, as a conservative, is that because you’ve been being a great neurosurgeon all these years, you haven’t been deep into geopolitics, and that the same kind of questions that tripped up Sarah Palin early in her campaign are going to trip you up when, for example, the gotcha question, does she believe in the Bush doctrine when it depends on how you define the Bush doctrine. And so how are you going to navigate that, because I mean, you’ve only, have you been doing geopolitics? Do you read this stuff? Do you immerse yourself in it?

Ben Carson: I ‘ve read a lot in the last six months, no question about that. There’s a lot of material to learn. There’s no question about that. But again, I have to go back to something that I feel is a fundamental problem, and that is we spend too much time trying to get into these little details that are easily within the purview of the experts that you have available to you…

Carson’s failure to grasp basic geography puts him in the same category as Sarah Palin in 2008, who frequently stumbled on questions relating to foreign policy or geography. Carson’s missteps also conjure up memories of failed African-American GOP presidential candidate, businessman Herman Cain, who was woefully ignorant of foreign policy. Cain stumbled on foreign policy multiple times. In response to a question on Libya, a flustered Cain complained, ”I got all this stuff twirling around in my head”. However, his most memorable gaffe, may have been his awkward anti-press tirade when he quipped:

And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know.

It became obvious that Cain had no clue about foreign policy.

Amateur candidates with little political experience, like Cain in the 2012 race and Ben Carson today, often burst onto the political scene as rhetorical firebrands whom conservatives love to embrace as straight talking Washington outsiders. However, when those candidates demonstrate their ignorance on foreign policy, some of that luster wears off, and they start to appear like risky choices to lead the “free world”.

Ben Carson, like Herman Cain and Sarah Palin before him, will no doubt try to tap into American anti-intellectualism to argue that the “elitists” in the media are picking on him. However, there really is no excuse for anybody seeking to become U.S. President, failing basic geography questions. Electing someone like Ben Carson would be a dangerous mistake. America needs a diplomat on the world stage, not a myopic neurosurgeon whose eyes glaze over when you show him a map of Europe.

23 Replies to “Ben Carson Knows Nothing About Foreign Policy, Unaware Baltic States Part Of NATO”

  1. Leave it to republicans to trot out house negroes who know nothing. See we aint racist, now go play that fiddle for the masses boy

  2. It truly isn’t fair to compare him to Sarah Falin. He has at least one area of expertise. He needs to stick to it.

  3. The GOP rely “totally” on their “experts” and staff to keep them “properly-informed” on all subject matter. They are not allowed to think for themselves. After all they are someones puppets. In my opinion.

  4. This man wouldn’t operate on my brain if my life depended on it! Pests! London is going to try to annex England for an Ally! Rolling my eyes. The stupidity in the GOP is surreal

  5. Just sayin, Hillary is ready TODAY. She personally knows these leaders of foreign countries. FYI, Ms. Purina, Hillary has forged fantastic relationships with many many world leaders, an accomplishment you’ll never know.

    Carson was the flavor of the week months ago, hes done.

  6. People in media say he does — but does he really. Have they truly researched it? Like anything else — no they would not have. They just repeat what’s been told to them or they’ve read and they just quote it as if truth.

    He could have padded his resume. He could have put out the info himself and that spread and people picked up on it and spread it further.

    With his knowledge of geography and politics when you know a medical degree and specialty takes years of education — I’d say his certificate came out of a Cracker Jacks box. Much like the education diploma Palin got.

    I would not, for myself nor my family, let him near us for any medical procedures. He is so stunned, I cannot believe he is what he is in the medical field. I don’t buy into it.

    It’s like Rand Paul — he did not get his optometry certification from the American Board of Optometry. Paul created his own Board of what I would call quakes. He issued his own. Work on my eyes? Not a freaking chance.

  7. Reminds me of McCain hammering away to the US that we should support Georgia when Russia threatened to invade the country.

    How did McCain learn of this and his support for same — one of his hired assistants or whatever his title/position may have been — who pressed the issue with him.

    What we have learned since, is said Assistant was ‘lobbying’ for Georgia. You know the game — Lobbyists get paid. That’s what you call a major conflict of interest and in my eyes — an illegal one. To be paid by a foreign country to get the support of a Senator or possibly McCain was even running for President as I can’t remember the timing and he has ran more than once.

    Did McCain know about his staff member? Don’t know as at the time and we also know that he would never admit it as we’ve watched him for all the years spew his support for Palin knowing full well she wasn’t qualified to flip burgers. Further proof of how stunned and stupid McCain is on many issues.

  8. Ever time he open up his yapper proves he has no business running for president! His statements are either: factually wrong offensive or insane or all the above!

  9. Carson is just like most of the other GOP/TP grifters. He knows his target audience and plays to them. He knows they won’t know if the things he says are correct or not. All he has to do is claim to be pro-fetus, to hate homosexuals, and play the Christian, victim, and race cards. It’s a tried and true scam that has deprived rank and file GOP/TPers of millions of their hard-earned dollars.

  10. That’s right, sadly! I am really tired of these uninformed men from my group making asses of themselves. They’re a disgrace to us and to America.

  11. Understanding foreign policy, according to Carson, is only a matter of “cramming” the night before the exam.

    Anyway, Carson has such an ego that he can’t see that there is no way the Republican party would sacrifice the Southern bigot vote (which has been in their pocket since Nixon) for the sake of running a black candidate in 2016. He will be a useful tool in insulting the president while allowing the GOP to claim they are not being racist.

    He rise only so far and then there will be a scandal and that will be the end of Carson. That scandal will no doubt support every racist stereotype about black men that ever existed. For now, the scandal in waiting will be supressed until it is “discovered.”

  12. Carson is a hate monger. I don’t know if this is a reflection of self hate or what, but there is something way off with this guy.

    He would be laughed off the world stage.

    Jeb Bush is the best of this motley crew that is running but he carries his own baggage.

  13. Even though the man disgusts me, I have to agree, Rick. In truth, his obvious intelligence makes the uninformed bs he spews even more nauseating. Such wasted potential, all for power.

  14. But Carson is correct: if he were President, he would have a covey of advisers to inform him on issues, and gin up answers to potential questions. Happens to every President: the staff essentially keeps the President informed. Reagan was great for doing this, as he was trained to deliver someone else’s words as if they were his own.

  15. Jeb has plenty of baggage. Google his family starting with Prescott Bush. also his Mothers family. they all have more then enough to answer for but, never have.. Kind of like Mcconnel and his Asian in laws. Who import ship loads of drugs and never pay the price.

  16. “I‘ve read a lot in the last six months…”

    Is that how you became a neurosurgeon? Read about it for awhile, then began cutting into people’s brains?

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