And Yet Another "Bush Doctrine" Moment for Sarah Palin

This one is particularly painful to watch:


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COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--
COURIC: Mock?
PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.

What you see here, as has been the case with Palin's other notable flubs, is the difference between a seasoned politician and an unseasoned one. A more practiced politician would bat away this question from Katie Couric, perhaps with humor, perhaps by resorting to stronger talking points, perhaps by even answering a different question than was asked. This, of course, doesn't yield exciting television, but at this point Palin doesn't need excitement, she just needs to pass the test.

But rather than deftly deflecting Couric's question, Palin tries to answer it -- and fails miserably in doing so. This isn't at all unlike the exchange last night from Couric's interview with Palin that garnered so much attention, with Palin apparently unable to recall a single instance of John McCain calling for greater regulation.

I suppose it could be the case that voters find Palin's inability to deal with a question in an effective manner endearing -- that she isn't like a typical politician -- yet considering that Palin's numbers have come down dramatically, with more likely voters viewing her unfavorably than viewing her favorably, I'm probably not going too far out on a limb to say that these "Bush Doctrine" moments aren't much helping Palin or McCain.

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Palin Explains Russia to Couric-Video. My Head Just Exploded

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4 478156n

Sorry, I can't seem to embed the CBS vid.  Watch for yourself, I'm at a loss for words.  (Not in the way Palin is at a loss!)

It's beyond all expectations.  It's spectacular in a tragic, terrible way.


COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--

COURIC: Mock?

PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.

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Palin threatens war with Russia over Georgia

Well I think we're seeing why they kept her under wraps.  ABC got the puff interview, but she said something that I hope won't play well:


The Governor advocated the accession of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO.

When asked by Gibson if under the NATO treaty, the U.S. would have to go to war if Russia again invaded Georgia, Palin responded: "Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help.

Does anyone think that a war with Russia over Georgia or Ukraine is in our interests?  This isn't Iraq here; we're talking about going to war with a country that has many nuclear weapons.  I hope at some point in that interview she said why this is so crucial.  How many Americans had even heard of the non-state Georgia 3 months ago?  I thought it was the Islamists who were our mortal enemy now.

Time to bring back the Daisy ad.  

Update: Some people in the comments suggested a line of reasoning where Palin didn't actually call for war per se. I can see the point, but: (1) If Palin actually were the VP now, making a comment like that actually would go a long way towards bringing us to war. (2) We just spent 48 hours addressing if, "Lipstick on a pig," was a veiled attack. I'm not seeing the need to go out of my way to pull Palin out of a hole she dug for herself, especially because I'm not convinced McCain isn't itching for a war.

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Why The AIP MATTERS - A LOT

Here is why the AIP matters.

We know that Sarah Palin risked flying back to Alaska from Texas after her water broke. People joked that she didn't want her child born in Texas. But isn't it more likely she did not want her child born in what she and her husband consider a foreign country, ie, the US. If she believes Alaska is a sovereign country she would indeed have risked both their lives to return to Alaska.

Russia has expressed interest in the Alaska Independence Party. I read that Russians have called Alaska "America's Kosovo." In light of the Russian activities in Georgia where they instigated the secession of Georgian Provinces and then quickly recognized them, isn't it at least suspicious that there may be an attempt to get Alaskans to declare their independence? Russia would then quickly recognize the new nation and sign oil and gas contracts for ANWAR and elsewhere. Yes, we have military bases there, but would be kill our own citizens? I hope our intelligence community is at least watching this situation and it may be why some people are objecting to Palin getting security clearance.

   

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The Bush Admin Pre-Georgian war

Futher details on Putin accusing the U.S. of orchestrating Georgian war. (For McCain)

Facts you should know:

*Rice was in Tblisi July 9-10, and met with Saakashvili on the 9th.

*Saakashvili was in Yalta July 10-12 for a two-day European integration conference.
Rove was in Yalta for the same conference also from July 10 to July 12.

*NOTE - July 10
Remember when Karl Rove fleed the country? (Friday July 10 was the congressional committee meeting that he was supposed to attend.):

From a Journalist

I am an American journalist based in Kyiv. On July 10 to 12, Karl Rove was in Yalta, Ukraine for the annual Yalta European Strategy Conference hosted by Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk. On the morning of July 12, Rove participated in a discussion on how the U.S. presidential elections would affect U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine. When I approached Rove to ask him some questions that afternoon, he declined to speak with me, referring me to the event staff.

Posted by: Zenon Zawada | July 15, 2008 at 04:34 AM


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*McCain had a conference call with him in April (during which his foreign policy advisor's lobbying firm signed a new contract for consulting with Georgia).

Not pre-war but note worthy:

When Rick Warren was on Sean Hannity's radio show
he avoided all questions pertaining to who he was picking for President, but was more than happy to find ways to criticize Obama.

*Before he ended his little appearance, he announced, that he had received a personal phone call from Georgian President Saakashvili.

On August 8 during the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, Georgia attacked South Ossetia. And then Russia stepped in.........  

There are other reports such as Americans fighting, also being held by Russians, Training Georgian's to fight and NATO having mercenaries and war ships moving into the Black Sea.

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