This short video clip of State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as to be seen to be disbelieved.
For the avoidance of doubt, that is some who has been employed to speak for the USA on the world stage.
In terms of full disclosure, I have family and friends in the US of A and I love them dearly.
There is much that I love about that amazing country and I’m heartbroken to watch what is happening there under the 45th President.
Ms Nauret’s toe-curling statement reminded me of a story related to me by the Big Fella a couple of years ago.
However, I wanted to be clear that I was remembering accurately.
Due to this amazing technology I was able to fact check with him via Messenger.
He told me that the reception was dodgy as he was on a train going in and out of tunnels.
He told me that he was heading back from a day on Nami Island.
I reminded him that he would soon be on “NAMA Island” and that I couldn’t wait to see him!
He has a buddy over there with him, another Irish lad, and my quip got a shout out on a train in Korea.
I was asking the Big Fella to remind me of the name of a card game that we had played here in Donegal.
He told me that it is called “Timeline”.
When we played it he said that he had played it with some friends in the USA.
So I messaged him today to get the full scéal and here is what he sent me:
“Ah cool. There are many versions of the game. Some have the timelines of movie releases, album release, inventions etc. I had the historical dates one. The people I was playing with didn’t know the dates of the World wars or when they landed on the moon never mind anything else!
“There were even guesses that the crusades post-dated the renaissance!
“How you play is that you get cards with an event on one side and the year on the other.
“You had to place your cards in order on the timeline relative to other events and then flip them up.”
Now, in fairness, my Fella is usually the smartest person in the room.
He certainly is when I’m there with him.
However, when he had played that game in the USA he tapped into a rich vein of historical illiteracy.
I think he found it especially unsettling as the other young people there had all attended good universities at considerable expense to their families.
In fairness, I think I reared my three with an instinctive curiosity about history.
Yesterday the Big Fella messaged me to say that he and his buddy had visited the Comfort Women museum in Seoul.
He already knows a lot more of that war crime than the average Japanese person does.
On the other side of the world, another island people with a bad history is another centre of excellence in historical amnesia.
As a start, I would put Ian Cobain’s stunning book “Cruel Britannia” on the school curriculum.
So Ms Nauert appears to prove that this lack of even basic historical knowledge isn’t an obstacle to advancement in the Federal Government.
Even in the State Department…
Now that I know that the US forces and the Germans had “a strong relationship” on D-Day I’m starting to think that the movie “Saving Private Ryan” might not be entirely accurate.