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Oh Dana…


December 10, 2007

From today’s Post: White House spokeswoman Dana Perino revealed on NPR this weekend that

During a White House briefing, a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis — and she didn’t know what it was.

“I was panicked a bit because I really don’t know about . . . the Cuban Missile Crisis,” said Perino, who at 35 was born about a decade after the 1962 U.S.-Soviet nuclear showdown. “It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I’m pretty sure.”

So she consulted her best source. “I came home and I asked my husband,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Wasn’t that like the Bay of Pigs thing?’ And he said, ‘Oh, Dana.’ “

…Shows the relevance of IR theory– had she been in my class, she would have read Essence of Decision!

…I guess she’s not a fan of Kevin Costner movies…

…Don’t know much about History. Don’t know much about Science Books, don’t like the French I took…

…How do you think they got Pigs in space? One of the missiles went horribly awry…

Readers are invited to come up with more “Oh Dana’s” in the comment section.

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Dr. Peter Howard focuses on US foreign policy and international security. He studies how the implementation of foreign policy programs produces rule-based regional security regimes, conducting research in Estonia on NATO Expansion and US Military Exchange programs and South Korea on nuclear negotiations with North Korea.