George W. Bush on India, Pakistan and "Elected" Dictators

A reporter [Andy Hiller] from a Boston TV station [WHDH] quizzed George W.Bush on foreign policy. He asked Bush to name the leaders of Pakistan, India, Chechnya and Taiwan. Bush named the leader of Taiwan, but did not know the names of the other three leaders. 
Afterwards, the reporter said: "how can we expect this guy to squander our military resources in faraway, little-known conflicts if the guy can't even name their leaders." 

Source: Pakistan Punch, Feb. 2001. Online at


Andy Hiller (WHDH-TV reporter): "Can you name the general who is in charge of Pakistan?"

George W. Bush: 
"The new Pakistani general, he's just been elected -- not elected, this guy took over office. It appears this guy is going to bring stability to the country and I think that's good news for the subcontinent."

Source: CNN, Nov. 5, 1999. Online at


Editor's Note: 

Many won't be surprised by Bush's ignorance of foreign leaders. Before being "elected," Bush believed Canada's leader was Prime Minister Poutine! (That was in response to Rick Mercer on "This Hour has 22 Minutes," March 3, 2000.)
Bush's confusion over the subtle difference between democracy and dictatorship didn't end with his gaff over Pakistan's new dictator, General Musharaff. On December 18, 2000, after Bush 'won' the election, and during his first trip to Washington as 'president-elect,' he said:
"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier... just as long as I'm the dictator." 

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