From a reader:
Does anyone else on EARTH tire of hearing Obama call Pakistan “Pock-istan”??? If he’s trying to increase his foreign policy creds by pronouncing trying to pronounce Pakistan with an ethnic flair, let’s hear him pronounce Iraq with a good, gutteral “Aieeraq”. And make sure you get that Arabic “Q” (not “K”) on the end of Iraq.
Dying to be your Arabic-guy.
Why not pronounce the capital of Italy “Roma”? Or France’s “Pah-ree”?