Sarah Palin is currently visiting Israel, trying to burnish her foreign policy credentials (HA HA HA HA!!!) ahead of a possible presidential run. But also wanting to be all Christian-y, she's trying to visit as many Christian holy sites in the Holy Land as she can.
Trouble is, Palin was too stupid to know that Bethlehem is in Palestinian territory, and it would be a major foul up for her to visit.
But, after an uneventful drive from her hotel in nearby Jerusalem, her car stopped just short of the main Israeli military checkpoint outside Bethlehem, a Palestinian city in the West Bank, appeared to hesitate and then performed a u-turn.
Israeli military officials declined to comment on why Mrs Palin may have turned back, but the country's defence ministry confirmed that she had made no formal request to visit the occupied West Bank – standard protocol for any foreign dignitary.
The oversight could prove embarrassing for Mrs Palin's advisers, who are unused to planning for foreign visits and have a reputation for being poorly organised.