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Thursday, February 28, 2013

John Kerry can see Kyrzakhstan from his house

by Clifford F. Thies 

John Kerry, the blowhard who made fun of, he thought, Sarah Palin in his speech at the Democratic National Convention, by claiming that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house, when that was a joke said by Tina Fey in an episode of Saturday Night Live, has invented the country of "Kryzakhstan." 

 Kryzakstan, we suppose, is somewhere between the central Asian republics of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Perhaps it is the true country of Borat. Kerry, speaking at the University of Virginia, was praising those in the foreign service in the Department of State, for working in some of the "most dangerous places on Earth." As to whether among these dangerous places is Benghazi, Libya, Kerry did not say. 

One day, possibly, we will get a report on Libya but, as his predecessor said, since what the hell would a report change, who really cares if we ever find out. "They fight corruption in Nigeria," said Kerry. "They support the rule of law in Burma. They support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan and Georgia." 

 The State Department's official transcript corrects Kerry's mispronunciation, which, actually, is the correct thing to do. Only a officious bore would harp on an innocent mishap of speech.

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