Sadly, you're correct about the map comment. There was actually a survey done and the majority of Americans could not find Iraq on a map, even after 5 years of us occupying the country. The majority of Americans also cannot label a map of western Europe correctly. Just sad.
Forget Iraq, I saw one report (not sure on reliability, to be truthful) that stated 50% of the high school graduates (or higher) between 18-24 years old couldn't find New York or Ohio. Think about that.
New York. Where 9/11 happened. The state that has the largest city in the country. Where one of the most significant financial centers of the entire world is located. The Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island. Empire State Building. How does a significant portion of the country, with those statistics, NOT know where New York is located?
I saw another saying that people couldn't find Louisiana. . . this was right after Hurricane Katrina, when you could see where the storm made landfall!