There HAS always been a theory that the average American is unable to locate any countries on a map with the exception of their own, perhaps Canada and, at a pinch, Mexico.
However, it was always assumed that the American news professionals knew what was where around the world.
Apparently not. On Monday, the US Fox News network displayed a map of the Middle East in which Egypt had crossed the Red Sea and occupied the entirety of Iraq. The map did not show whether Iraq had reciprocally moved to Egypt and what this meant for Israel.
Perhaps this could be a trend. We too could rotate countries occasionally — for example, Britain could swap with Belgium for six months — chips and mayonnaise, anyone?