Sarah Palin Defends Experience, Takes Hard Line Approach on National Security

On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security and said that war with Russia may be necessary if Georgia were to join NATO and be invaded by Russia.

When asked whether the United States should be able to invade Pakistan in pursuit of terrorists along the Afghanistan border, Palin demured.

"Is that a yes," asked Gibson. "That you think we have the right to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government, to go after terrorists who are in the Waziristan area?"

Palin responded, saying: "I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table."

Palin agreed in principle to the "Bush doctrine," the idea that the United States has the right to preemptively strike those another country the U.S. think will attack first.

"Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.

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Charlie Gibson had to actually explain to her what the Bush Doctrine is.

He first asked if she agreed to it, she kinda scoffed (i thought) and said "In what respect, Charlie?"

He then urged her to interpret the Bush Doctrine so she did. And explained that Bush has kept us safe from bad guys. But from where I sat it was clear she had no idea that the bush doctrine was actually the Bush Doctrine and is specifically about the use of preemptive force in the face of a gathering threat.

And yet, in the same interview, she proudly proclaimed herself ready to take over the top job.

From a woman who, until recently, had never been outside of North America. Who has never met a foreign head of state. Who admits that she hasn't thought about Iraq very much. Who graduated from Idaho State after transferring schools a few times. Who served for 6 years in a city of 5,000-- in other words, a smaller constituency than, say, a Toledo City Councilman. Basically, it would be like being the mayor of Point Place. And on top of that, she didn't even do WELL as mayor. She took this small town from no debt, to $20MM in debt due to 10 years of litigation on the sports complex the city built on land to which it didn't have a clean title. So it would be like that mayor of Rossford who tanked the arena project running today for VP. She raised the regressive sales tax in Wasill and lowered the progressive property tax, shifting tax burden to the working class while simultaneously increasing the tax base and expenditures.

And that's without mentioning that she tried to ban books, fire the police chief, and engage in other nonsense that led city council to hire a city manager and take away day to day operational duties.

And then there's the fact that she's lied every single day about being a "reformer." She supported the Bridge to Nowhere while running for Guv, proudly wearing a shit that read "Citizen of Nowhere, Alaska." She secured $1000 pork per citizen in Wasilla while we got, on average $26 per citizen here in Ohio. (not a typo). And she went on to capture $500 in pork for each AK citizen as governor.

In 2004 McCain said on MTP that the Bridge to Nowhere was the "tipping point" in pork projects. Sarah ran for Guv in November, 2006, supporting the project. Only later did she turn it down. Of course, she still kept every dime and spread it around the state. Including a project, still under way, to build approach roads to the bridge in question that now is not even being built.

She says today that we will go to war with Russia if they invade again. Yes, the US going to war with RUSSIA over, say, Armenia. Or Ukraine.

I swear to god, I could write 20,000 more words.

And this woman proclaims that she's READY. She "didn't blink" when McCain asked her to join him.

Yes, she's a governor. Of the SMALLEST STATE IN THE UNION. 600,000 people. About as many as live in the Toledo metro area.

Let's be absolutely clear: Carty Finkbeiner has more actual experience to be President of the United States than does Sarah Palin. No doubt about it.

The question about Russia was in regards to a situation in which Georgia was a member of NATO. She answered 100% correct to this hypothetical. There is no arguing about that issue. Article 5 of NATO was envoked following the attacks on 9/11 and it would be envoked if any member, even Georgia, were invaded or attacked by any other nation or group acting on behalf of a nation.

The decision about whether or not we want to defend Georgia, or any country, should be made prior to NATO authorizing their entry into the treaty. Once the decision has been made to accept a country into NATO the question of whether or not we would defend them is no longer even an issue as the answer is an overwhelming "Yes."

And that's without mentioning that she tried to ban books
This has been repeatedly debunked over the last three or so days. It's blatantly untrue. As are the rumors that she cut funding for special needs kids, and several more that the Democratic machine has tried to make stick.

Yes, she's a governor. Of the SMALLEST STATE IN THE UNION. 600,000 people. About as many as live in the Toledo metro area.
It sounds a lot like a man that was running for the office back in 1992. Of course, Palin isn't running for President......

Charlie Gibson had to actually explain to her what the Bush Doctrine is. He first asked if she agreed to it, she kinda scoffed (i thought) and said "In what respect, Charlie?"

Informed her? Rubbish. The New York Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong. There is no single meaning of the Bush Doctrine. In fact, there have been four distinct meanings, each one succeeding another over the eight years of this administration -- and the one Charlie Gibson cited is not the one in common usage today. It is utterly different. He asked Palin, "Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?" She responded, quite sensibly to a question that is ambiguous, "In what respect, Charlie?" Sensing his "gotcha" moment, Gibson refused to tell her. After making her fish for the answer, Gibson grudgingly explained to the moose-hunting rube that the Bush doctrine "is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense."

Wrong... Yes, Sarah Palin didn't know what it is. But neither does Charlie Gibson. And at least she didn't pretend to know -- while he looked down his nose and over his glasses with weary disdain, sighing and "sounding like an impatient teacher," as the Times noted. In doing so, he captured perfectly the establishment snobbery and intellectual condescension that has characterized the chattering classes' reaction to the mother of five who presumes to play on their stage.

Charlie Gibson's Gaffe

Thanks Babbleman on TT

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If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

Well, that's decides it....I am NOT going to vote for Charlie Gibson

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I would also be more worried about McCain and Obama's experience. However, as we all know, the Dems can't do that because Obama foreign policy experience pales in comparison to McCain's. It's like Tiger Woods going head-to-head with the latest NCAA golf campion; they can both play golf but one is clearly in another league. Obama's qualifications seem to be that he made a 10 day tour of Europe and Iraq earlier this summer.

Obama is also on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

It's not the same living next to country, but a close second...

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