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2016 Election Foreign Affairs

GAFFE Alert! Libertarian Gary Johnson: “What is Aleppo?”

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

Ouch! That’s going to leave a mark.

If Libertarian candidate for President Gary Johnson ends up with enough support to participate in the presidential debates he’d better take a remedial class on major world crises. Thursday on Morning Joe, Johnson drew a blank when asked (video below) what he would do with Aleppo.

Perhaps Johnson forgot to pay his cable bills, and hasn’t watched the news in a few years. Because the Aleppo region is the center of the Syrian Civil War and much of the refugee crisis.  Aleppo has become almost a mini-world war.  Russian warplanes are bombing from the sky.  Iranian-led militias with soldiers from Iraq and Lebanon are on the ground fighting Syrian rebels backed by the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, ISIS is moving in on the territory, and most tragically, innocent civilians are being killed and maimed

But when asked “What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?” by Morning Joe’s Mike Barnicle the former New Mexico governor looked stunned. “And what is Aleppo?” Gary Johnson answered.

An incredulous Barnicle said, “You’re kidding,” to which Johnson answered that he was not.

Barnicle explained that Aleppo is…

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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