So, does it matter that the President, in speaking at a summit in Colombia this week supposedly dealing with issues affecting South America, spoke of the "Maldives Islands"? Well, yes, in two ways.
First, dummy, the Maldives Islands are in the Indian Ocean, on the other side of the world. Here they are, Mr. President, in case you needed a map:
What he meant to say, of course, was the Malvinas Islands, which are off the coast of Argentina, and which, of course, were in dispute in the Falklands War in the early 1980s. Here they are:
But, here's the rub... the Brits don't call the Malvinas by that name. That's what the Argentines call it. The Brits call them the "Falklands. And they have a right to, because the islands are claimed by (and have long been occupied by) British citizens.
So when Obama called them the Maldives, it was a double gaffe. First, because he got the name wrong. (Can you imagine if Bush... oh, hell, aren't you tired of calling attention to the double standard?)
And, second, because he needlessly insulted our best ally.
But, then, needlessly insulting allies (Great Britain, Israel, Poland, etc.) is apparently what this President does best.