Ignorance is bliss?
But ignorance of Pakistan's travails may not necessarily prove damaging to a candidate's political aspirations. In 1999, shortly after Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup, a Boston television reporter asked a U.S. presidential candidate if he could name the general in charge.
"A new Pakistani general has just been elected," the candidate responded, then corrected himself. "He's not elected. This guy took over office. He appears he's going to bring stability to the country, and I think that's good news for the subcontinent."
"And you can name him?" the reporter asked.
"General. I can name the general," the candidate said.
"And it's?" the reporter pressed.
"General," said Texas Gov. George W. Bush.