What it must be like to be in her head.
It should be noted that the concerns by the mature and experienced hands at foreign policy within the GOP over Sarah Palin, was already a topic of conversation prior to Palin talking of going to war with Russia. Republican Senator Richard Lugar ( who I actually gave some money to when he ran for President, as I have long thought him to be very intelligent and truly like) has been lukewarm over the Palin pick. And again Lugar was right, and for good reason….WAR WITH RUSSIA!
The acclaim for the vice presidential nominee is all but deafening within the GOP, except in one small but influential corner: the party’s foreign policy establishment. Among that mandarin class, the response to Palin’s nomination has been underwhelming, marked by distinctly faint praise or flat-out silence.
Consider Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who currently serves as the committee’s top-ranking Republican.
“I congratulate Sen. Barack Obama on his selection of my friend, Sen. Joe Biden, to be his vice presidential running mate,” he said. “I have enjoyed for many years the opportunity to work with Joe Biden to bring strong bipartisan support to United States foreign policy.”
To date, Lugar has been silent regarding Palin.
In a CNN interview over the weekend, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declined to defend Palin’s foreign policy credentials when asked whether Palin has “enough experience to handle the kinds of things that you need to handle?”
Rice replied: “These are decisions that Sen. McCain has made. I have great confidence in him. I’m not going to get involved in this political campaign. As secretary of state, I don’t do that. But I thought her speech was wonderful.”
While none have come out and publicly questioned the Alaska governor’s level of experience in foreign affairs, few have been willing to make the case that Palin is well-versed in the field.
John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and conservative hawk on foreign affairs, segued from questions of Palin’s inexperience to McCain’s experience.
“You want your strength on national security at the top of the ticket,” Bolton told Politico at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. “I feel very comfortable with her as a vice presidential nominee, how it plays politically beyond that, I don’t know.”
This is why an untested and unpredictable Sarah Palin must never have any real power. There are not enough days for the needed schooling for this small town mayor and just recently elected Governor before she would be ready for the big league politics of Washington, D.C. She only obtained her first passport less than a year ago!! Can you see the mature ones in the McCain campaign, or the State Department reacting to this nugget? This topic has legs.
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 that nation invades another country.
In her first of three interviews with ABC News’ Charles Gibson and the only interview since being picked by Sen. John McCain as his Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin categorized the Russian invasion of Georgia as “unacceptable” and warned of the threats from Islamic terrorists and a nuclear Iran.
The governor advocated for the admittance of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO.
When Gibson said if under the NATO treaty, the United States 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.
“And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable,” she told Gibson
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