American, they either thick in the head or too smart for their own good.
In November 1998 US Vice President Al Gore came to Malaysia for the APEC summit and committed the most embarrassing breach of protocol to a host country. Gore praised supporters of jailed former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim "as the brave people of Malaysia" which in its literal sense could be construed as he's trying to incite rebellion against the government. Not only Malaysia but the whole Asean region was shocked and gnashing its teeth at the stupidity of this man, a vice president and a presidential hopeful. Read here.
Now, the Brits are in a huff and up in arms with another stupid and arrogant American, another presidential hopeful who think no other country is greater than America and no one smarter than him, committed a diplomatic gaffe, by making negative comment on the London Olympics. Read here.
The British press are not going to take it laying down, gave the man a well-deserved trashing.Read here.
Obviously, like all smart American, he is not smarter than a fifth grader.