McCain revives Czechoslovakia as a country

July 15, 2008

ST. LOUIS  – Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who prides himself on his national security expertise, has twice in two days referred to recent Russian activities against Czechoslovakia, a country that no longer exists.
“I was concerned about a couple of steps that the Russian government took in the last several days. One was reducing the energy supplies to Czechoslovakia,” McCain told reporters on Monday in Phoenix.
He went on to repeat similar language on Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Albuquerque.
He was clearly referring to the Czech Republic, citing that government’s agreement with the United States over missile defense, an action he said prompted Moscow’s retaliation.

Czechoslovakia split into two parts, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in 1993 after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
McCain’s campaign headquarters in suburban Washington D.C. got the distinction correct, issuing a written statement under McCain’s name late on Monday saying that “Russia’s 50 percent cut in oil deliveries to the Czech Republic” was deeply disturbing.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Fredy Builes (McCain and wife Cindy arrive in Colombia on a recent visit)


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I have a Replogle world globe that shows Czechoslovakia and Burma and Belgian Congo and East Pakistan as well as cities like Leningrad and Bombay. Shucks…it even has some place called USSR., just to mention a few.

Posted by Rick | Report as abusive

Here in the British colony of New York we’re always happy when Mexican politicians from Vieja California state refer to the old names…

Posted by Nic | Report as abusive

Obviously, Senator McCain is not very well versed on the Czech Republic and our other longtime international allies worldwide. Perhaps he should take a trip around the world and get to know them better. Just one more reason to vote for Obama.

Posted by MikeP | Report as abusive

For goodness sakes, Mr. & Mrs. Reader! Anybody can make this mistake, so we really ought to give Mr. McCain a break here. I don’t recall the media picking up on every mistake that Mr. Obama makes…not even the big ones like voting for FISA and momentarily forgetting his 16-month Iraq withdrawal plan…which mistakes are far, far worse than forgetting the two republics that used to be Czechoslovakia.

As a matter of fact, Mr. Obama has made the really big mistake of “moving to the center” in order to attract independent swing voters such as the undersigned. The mechanics of his “move to the right”, however, (e.g., FISA) are the opposite of what attracted me to his candidacy in the first place.

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