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What Would Borat Say?

(In case you missed it: There was a January New York Times story, which did not get the attention the reporting deserved, highlighting how this Canadian tycoon and major Bill Clinton benefactor was using his ties to the ex-president to win business with a ruthless dictatorship in Khazakstan.) ~The Politico

Despite the enriching cultural experience of Borat, the folks at Politico are still not well-versed enough in the finer points of Kazakh life, such that they don’t know how to spell the name of the country.  You also have to enjoy the reference to Kazakhstan’s “ruthless dictatorship,” which is one of our foremost Central Asian puppets allies.  Since this is supposed to be what “Obama wishes he could say,” are they claiming that Obama wishes he could insult Kazakhstan?

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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