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Gary Johnson says America needs a leader who doesn’t know the location of other countries

He believes that not knowing where Aleppo is will make it less likely that he’d send troops there.

Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johsnon CREDIT: MSNBC
Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johsnon CREDIT: MSNBC

In recent weeks, Libertarian nominee and former Republican governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson has repeatedly struggled with questions about foreign policy and world affairs. In one interview, he conceded that did not know what Aleppo was and in another, he failed to name a single world leader he admires.

On Tuesday, he told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that his lack of knowledge of foreign policy could in fact be a selling point.

“The fact that somebody can dot the I’s and cross the T’s on a foreign leader or a geographic location then allows them to put our military in harm’s ways.”

He then observed that the U.S. military has been involved in “both sides” of conflicts, adding that “we wonder why our men and servicewomen suffer from PSD [sic] in the first place. It’s because we elect people who can can dot the I’s and cross the T’s on these names and geographic locations, as opposed to the underlying philosophy, which is ‘Let’s stop getting involved in these regime changes.’”

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In 1999, then-candidate George W. Bush failed to name key world leaders in an interview with a Boston TV reporter. Four years later, he invaded the wrong country.