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March 31, 2011 11:18 PM UTC

Just. Plain. Wow.

  • by: Colorado Pols

Republican Freshman Congressman Tom Marino (Pennsylvania) sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee…and apparently doesn’t know jack shit about foreign places.

From The Times-Tribune in Pennsylvania (h/t to Talking Points Memo):

“The bottom line is I wish the president would have told us, talked to Congress about what is the plan. Is there a plan? Is the mission to take Gadhafi out?” Mr. Marino asked…. “Where does it stop?” he said. “Do we go into Africa next? [Pols emphasis] I don’t want to sound callous or cold, but this could go on indefinitely around the world.”

Hmmmm…do we go into Africa next? Let’s check our handy Google map, shall we?

If President Obama does sit down with the Foreign Relations Committee, he should definitely bring visuals.


38 thoughts on “Just. Plain. Wow.

  1. Perhaps he asked for the assignment thinking it referred to the extramarital variety and a few of last year’s Miss Universe contestants.

  2. For instance, in the State Dept. the Lib-yuh desk is located in the NEA Bureau (Near East Asia). Along with all the other principally Arab countries of North Africa and the countries we typically think of as ‘Middle Eastern’.

    The ‘black’ countries of Sub-Saharan Africa fall under the purview of the AF Bureau (Africa). Lib-yuh does not.

    Given the House Foreign Affairs Committee has oversight of the State Dept., it’s not entirely silly for the freshman congressman to have made this mistake.

    For that matter, when The Big O first started getting serious about establishing a no-fly zone, the Pentagon hemmed and hawed for a while, trying to decide if the responsibility would fall to CentCom (which has responsibilty for Iraq and Afghanistan among other countries) or so-called AfricaCom. It eventually fell to AfricaCom.

    Congressman Marino may or may not be clueless. But national-cultural distinctions don’t always break cleanly along geographical/continental lines.

    1. That is some impressive dancing. Though I think since the news has been running non-stop the last couple weeks with pictures of Libya, and maps showing where it is, your excuses are silly. But good try… maybe your next step should be “Dancing with the Stars”

      1. He has reason to sympathize with people who mix up their words, like the gentleman from Pennsylvania. Poor State still can’t get the President’s name right, so it’s hardly surprising he empathizes with a little confusion about the definition of Africa.

          1. In spite of it, he is kind, gentle, respectful, loving, and tries to make friends even with strangers who dislike him. I suspect that you and I could both learn a thing or two from him, although how to make out with buffalo would not be on the list.

                    1. You’re the one who thought this funny earlier this week. WTF? LOL! KYOA, Schmuck Line!! LOL!

      2. have difficulty knowing where to situate Lib-yuh, it’s not totally surprising a congressman with fewer than 3 months in office might have the same befuddledness.

        Particularly so when the more vociferous of the ‘humanitarian intervention’ crowd have been saying, “Why don’t we intervene in Ivory Coast (which has seen FAR more killings of civilians in the past 5 months) or in Congo.” – where more than 5 million, yes that’s million, have died in the past decade.

        Both of those countries are in ‘Africa’.  

    2. Who cares where the NEA bureau or the AF bureau thinks countries are?

      When I learned basic world geography in grade school, it showed that Libya was located just south of the Mediterranean Sea on a large continent called AFRICA.

          1. Like your quote by the way.

            As this lovely little ‘not-war’ in Lib-yuh unfolds, time will tell to whom it best applies – GoDdaffy or Obomber.

    3. There may be a very reasonable explanation, like their usually is. You just never hear about those because they are not as appealing/useful to the liberal media.

      Marino’s spokesman Renita Fennick gave me this response:

         We read the Scranton Times article Tuesday morning and had no problem with it. We were surprised when some people seemed to be confused by it – even the reporter, Borys Krawczeniuk, told me that it never crossed his mind that Rep. Marino’s statement was unusual or questionable.

         We stand by what the congressman said. We are not “in” Africa by any means. We do not have ground troops there and, as far as we know, there are no plans to go into Africa.  We understand – and believe that most people do – that a missile strike on a nation is a far cry from our military “going into”  a continent.

  3. Can’t embed at work

    Build And Destroy Lyrics

    Boogie Down Productions

    The white man ain’t the devil I promise

    You want to see the devil take a look at Clarence Thomas

    Now you’re saying, “Who?” like you a owl

    Throw in the towel, the devil is Colin Powell

    You talk about being African and being black

    Colin Powell’s black, but Libya he’ll attack

    Libya’s in Africa, but a black man

    will lead a black man, to fight against his homeland

    An accomplice to the devil is a devil too

    The devil is anti-human, who the hell are you?

    If drop-out rappers know it, congressmen should.

      1. where all sorts have met and mixed.  You see people who look more like southern Europeans and people who definitely have the kind of black ancestry associated with Sub-Saharan Africa. This has never been a purely Arab (Semitic) population. Same goes for Egypt and other north African states. Ever see a picture of Sadat?   So, considering the amount of Caucasian ancestry that’s part of Powell’s ethnic make up, he’s just as “black” as some Libyans, not as much as others. Just sayin’.

        By the way, not that I care to claim him, but one in 5 rebels think Qadaffi is Jewish and all his life there have been rumors that he was the illegitimate offspring of a Jewish mother and Italian father given to a Bedouin couple to raise.  North Africa is a complicated place. We know righties like everything black and white.  No pun intended, or maybe so.

  4. Maybe the skin color threw him off? He might have been expecting to see people with different pigment running around eating watermelon and fried chicken. Since he obviously did not place Libya where it really is he has multiple ignorance problems.

    He is a tea partier after all.

  5. one thought I had to remind myself was never underestimate the stupidity of your opponent.

    The other 2 big ones were 2. stay alert, don’t panic.

    3.Be patient, consolidate, an opportunity will present itself.

    Pretty good advice for more than just National Master Chess.

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