Thursday, September 11, 2008

Palin's Faux Foreign Policy Expertise

Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has finally come out of hiding. Obliged to do her first post-convention interview, Palin proved her incapacity for office in the first part of a two part sit down with ABC News' Charlie Gibson. In his usual placid demeanor, Gibson questioned Palin on the ongoing situation in Ossetia and wait for it, wait for it:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Thursday for NATO to admit the former Soviet republic of Georgia, acknowledging that such a move could lead the United States into a military confrontation with Russia.
Palin also said she had some “insight” into Russia because “they are our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska.” But she acknowledged that she had never met a foreign head of state.
She has 'insight' into Russia because she can see it? Are you serious people? Crimey, just when you think McCain and company couldn't get any more absurd, along comes Sarah Palin-- her foreign policy credentials tucked neatly behind her binoculars. All I know is the Obama campaign better jump all over this. I know I can't be the only one envisioning a great TV spot right now.

Update (9:03): On the Bush Doctrine:
Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?

Palin: In what respect, Charlie?

Gibson: What do you interpret it to be?

Palin: His worldview?

Gibson: No, the Bush Doctrine. Annunciated September 2002, before the Iraq War.

Palin: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism. Terrorists who are hellbent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though, there have been mistakes made. And with new leadership -- and that's the beauty of American elections of course and of democracy -- is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

Gibson: The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.
I am speechless.

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