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Mitt Romney’s Nonsensical Middle-East Geography

During the debate tonight, Mitt Romney mentioned that Syria is important because it’s Iran’s “route to the sea.” The thing is, Iran doesn’t even border Syria, as you can see on our childishly annotated map above. And Iran already has access to the sea on its southern border.

As confusing as the remark was, though, the Washington Post notes that tonight was hardly the first time Romney has made it, and the Romney campaign explains, “It’s generally recognized that Syria offers Iran strategic basing/staging access to the Mediterranean as well as to terrorist proxies in the Levant. This is a large reason why Iran invests so much in Syria.” This doesn’t change the fact, however, that Iran has a “route to the sea” regardless of Syria. Americans are bad enough at geography already; they don’t need a presidential candidate confusing them even more.