- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
I thought it was a little petty when people were giving Romney campaign advisor Pierre Prosper a hard time for referring to "Czechoslovakia" back in April, as John McCain did several times during the 2008 election. People misspeak, especially when it comes to a country that existed for most of their adult lives.
But the fact that the name of a country that ceased to exist nearly two decades ago was apparently mentioned in an early draft of the GOP platform is a little harder to explain:
Good for delegate Kyle Handegard of North Dakota for catching that one. Hopefully we’re not also declaring war on Prussia or signing any treaties with Austria-Hungary.
Hat tip: Buzzfeed