Foreign Ignorance

A great post by Foreign Policy on the 8 biggest misconceptions Americans have regarding our foreign policy. Here are a few;

41 percent of Americans believe China is the world’s leading economic power, according to a 2012 Pew poll (the correct answer is the United States, which 40 percent of respondents in the Pew poll selected)

73 percent of Americans could not identify communism as America’s main concern during the Cold War, according to Newsweek, which administered an official citizenship test in 2011 (admittedly, it’s not entirely clear what if any alternative answers — the Soviet Union? Nuclear weapons? — the magazine accepted

Nearly 25 percent of Americans don’t know that the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, according to a 2011 Marist poll

33 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11 as late as 2007, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll (it’s worth noting that the number was down from 53 percent in 2003, and that more recent pollssuggest the percentage has continued to decline since 2007)

Shocking, American’s never cease to disappoint when it comes to their level of ignorance and total disregard for what is going on in the world. Perhaps this is the root of all of our issues, when a citizenry and electorate have no clue what is going on, or believe in things that are blatantly wrong, there is no check against being manipulated or taken advantage of. Check out these crazy things people believe, it will make you laugh, but probably should make you cry.

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