Earlier this month, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee embarrassed himself when he was completely unaware of the new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran.
Days later, Huckabee defended his gaffe by misrepresenting the timeline of his mistake, quipping that the “report was released at 10:00 in the morning, the president hadn’t seen it in four years and I’m supposed to see it four hours later.
In a recent interview with Time’s Michael Scherer, Huckabee misrepresented the NIE timeline again:
That particular day [when the NIE came out], which I thought it was a little bit ridiculous to talk about, the report came out at 10 in the morning and it was like five in afternoon.
As Scherer points out in an editorial aside, the report “came out Monday Dec. 3. Huckabee was first asked about it in the evening of Dec. 4.” In fact, the NIE was released in the early afternoon on Dec. 3, which means Huckabee had nearly a day and a half to learn of the blockbuster new report before being queried on it.
Huckabee’s continued bamboozlement of the NIE timeline is yet another example of his glaring incompetence on key foreign policy issues.
Just this week, after former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, Huckabee bumbled twice in his knowledge of Pakistan, falsely claiming that the country was still under “continued” martial law and that Pakistan has “eastern borders” with Afghanistan.