Secretary of Dunce: John Kerry can see ‘Kyrzakhstan’ from his house!/redsteeze/status/306054096153112576

John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan #secretaryofstate

— Dave Hallgren (@daveh1205) February 25, 2013

Stop, our aching sides! Sadly, there was no “JK” after that remark. During a speech on the eve of his first trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry referred to the non-existent country of “Kyrzakhstan.”

In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.

The newly minted diplomat was referring to Kyrgyzstan, a poor, landlocked nation of 5.5 million, which he appeared to confuse with its resource-rich neighbour to the north, Kazakhstan.

The Telegraph also reports that the State Department left that out of the official transcript. Transparency!

In a strong start right out of the gate, Sec Kerry supports democracy promotion efforts in “Kyrzakhstan”…

— Ilya Lozovsky (@ichbinilya) February 22, 2013

Not a great start as SoS #JohnKerry, “#Kyrzakhstan“? Really? I know it’s a powerful position, but you’re allowed to conjure up nations now?

— M.J. Logue (@mjlogue33) February 22, 2013

The gaffe-tastic unintentional portmanteau occurred a few days ago, but is picking up steam on Twitter today.

John Kerry Makes Up New Country: Kyrzakhstan | Washington Free Beacon

— heather(@CFHeather) February 25, 2013

Embarrassing: Imbecile John Kerry Invents Country of ‘Kyrzakhstan’

— JWF (D) (@JammieWF) February 25, 2013

And, boy, is the buzz hilarious.

“What about your gaffffffes?????” RT @freebeacon: VIDEO: John Kerry makes up new country in central Asia: Kyrzakhstan

— Rschrim (@Rschrim) February 25, 2013

He must have just watched BoratMT @gabby_hoffman: John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan via @telegraph

— Bearded Wonder (@bobincincy) February 25, 2013

RT @hale_razor: Bumbling Repub invents country of “Kyrzakhstan.” No wait. It was John Kerry. #WhatAboutYourGaffes

—Paddy Manning (@PaddyJManning) February 25, 2013

@jammiewf Kyrzakhstan’s primary export: horse meat to Sweden for use in meatballs.

— John Hayward (@Doc_0) February 25, 2013

Paging IKEA!

You know what phrase we haven’t heard in a while? “Smart diplomacy.” #Curious RT @redsteeze: John Kerry can see Kyrzakhstan from his house

— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) February 25, 2013

Zing! And, it being Twitter, a parody account enters the mix.

The Kingdom of Kyrzakhstan welcomes y’all. We are an ally of Russia & product of the US. We {heart} Chinese democracy & Indian development.

— Kyrzakhstan (@kyrzakhstan) February 25, 2013

Heh. Oddly enough, The Boston Globe reportedly seems to have missed this story.

How did the @bostonglobe miss Kerry inventing “Kyrzakhstan” in their front page story today?!?

— Alleigh Marré (@alleighmarre) February 25, 2013

Probably because his last name doesn’t rhyme with Kalin and he has a (D) next to his name, natch.

Do we smell a hashtag?


— Johno Ellison (@JohnoEllison) February 25, 2013

And, no worries! The secretary of dunce is out and about today.

#SecKerry meets Prime Minister @david_cameron @number10gov this morning #SecKerryinUK…

— U.S. Embassy London (@USAinUK) February 25, 2013

Our allies: The United Klingdom?

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