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Wilful ignorance

By Mary Fitzgerald  

There is, it seems, a yawning chasm between what US voters think their presidential candidates know about the world, and what they actually know.

In a July poll asking which candidate had better knowledge of world affairs, McCain came out with a 63-26 advantage.

This is in spite of the fact that Obama one of the few senators to vote against the Iraq war, on the basis that it would spark a long and bloody Shia-Sunni struggle, and now proposes a troop withdrawal timetable which the Iraqi government is in complete agreement with (neither of which his opponent can claim).…

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