John McCain appears to know less about the Middle East than robots do about love.


Asked on ABC's "Good Morning America" about the situation in Afghanistan -- where both presidential candidates call for sending more US troops to take on the resurgent Taliban and root out al Qaeda, McCain replied.

"I think it's serious. . . . It's a serious situation, but there's a lot of things we need to do. We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq/Pakistan border."

Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border; it is the Afghanistan/Pakistan border where intelligence officials believe remnants of al Qaeda are rebuilding.

It almost makes you wish that the media were in some sort of slow news season where a story about a major presidential candidate continually boning major facts relating to the central selling point of his campaign - that he knows how to "win wars" - would be constantly blared rather than relegated to short items on a newspaper's specialty blogs.

And somebody better get Fisher Stevens to fix Johnny before he goes all crazy punk on us and starts leaking battery acid.