September 14, 2008

Is Sarah Palin that dangerous is she…

"... If Mitchell is alarmed by Palin, running for vice president, he should be terrified by Obama, running for president. Either that, or he should accept that nothing Palin said was particularly bellicose, extreme or unreasonable. He’s just fallen for the Palin = redneck spin of the Left ..."

She may only be running for VP but it already seems she is more astute, calculated, and coherent, than most would give her credit. Ok she wasn't perfect but Australian Journalist Andrew Bolt provides us with an excellent analysis following a Melbourne based radio hosts criticisms of Palin. The hosts name is Neil Mitchell.

Sarah Palin has given her first interview since being picked as the Republican’s vice-presidential candidate. The media has scrabbled for evidence of fumbles, and evidence that a shootin’, cussin’ redneck is about to plunge the world into war.

And away they go. From the Toronto Globe and Mail:

Shooting from the hip on foreign policy, Palin raises spectre of war with Russia
Indeed, 3AW’s Neil Mitchell this morning scoffed that a President Palin would have already started “four wars”, to judge by the interview.

Really? Let’s check

The first war a President Palin would allegedly start was with Pakistan, by invading it in the hunt for terrorists, and perhaps from the transcript you might agree the words are indeed naive and alarming:


We should start with the premise that the United States, like all sovereign nations, has the unilateral right to defend itself against attack. As such, our campaign to take out Al Qaeda base camps and the Taliban regime that harbored them was entirely justified… (I)f we’ve got (Osama bin Laden) in our sites, we should ask for Pakistan’s cooperation, we should ask Pakistan to take him out. But if they don’t, we shouldn’t need permission to go after folks that killed 3,000 Americans.
Oops, sorry. That was actually Barack Obama. This is Palin:

ABC News Anchor Gibson also asked Palin several times whether or not U.S. forces have the right to make cross-border attacks into Pakistan with or without the approval of the Pakistani government… “In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists, who would seek to destroy America and our allies, we must do whatever it takes, and we must not blink...”
The other war a President Palin would start, according to Mitchell, was with Russia over Georgia (should Georgia be a NATO member, which it isn’t). Again, the transcript might sound alarming:

I would also argue that we have the right to take unilateral military action to eliminate an imminent threat to our security— so long as an imminent threat is understood to be a nation, group, or individual that is actively preparing to strike U.S. targets (or allies with which the United States has mutual defense agreements)...
And those allies should include Georgia:

I have consistently called for deepening relations between Georgia and transatlantic institutions, including a Membership Action Plan for NATO...
Oops. Again, that’s Obama. Here is Palin:

Asked whether the United States would have to go to war with Russia if it invaded Georgia, and the country was part of NATO, Palin said: “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,” she said. Pressed on the question, Palin responded: “What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against ... We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.”
War three, fretted Mitchell, would be one with Iran, now seeking nuclear weapons, according to most assessments. Go to the scary transcript:

(T)he global community should offer “big sticks and big carrots” to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear programme.

“A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat and the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon...”
Damn, that’s Obama again. Here is Palin:

PALIN: No, no. I agree with John McCain that nuclear weapons in the hands of those who would seek to destroy our allies, in this case, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about Ahmadinejad’s comment about Israel being the “stinking corpse, should be wiped off the face of the earth,” that’s atrocious. That’s unacceptable.

GIBSON: So what do you do about a nuclear Iran?

PALIN: We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them. So we have got to put the pressure on Iran and we have got to count on our allies to help us, diplomatic pressure.

And the fourth war? Over Israel. To the transcript:

I will always keep the threat of military action on the table to defend our security and our ally, Israel.

You guessed it. Obama again. Here is Palin:

GIBSON: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

If Mitchell is alarmed by Palin, running for vice president, he should be terrified by Obama, running for president. Either that, or he should accept that nothing Palin said was particularly bellicose, extreme or unreasonable. He’s just fallen for the Palin=redneck spin of the Left.

In fact, when you read the transcript of Palin’s discussion with reporter Charlie Gibson on foreign affairs, you realise how the gotcha cherry-picking of quotes from it, and the spin given to it, completely misrepresents Palin’s general ease with the subject. The Left dreamed of her making a fool of herself - “er, who’s Putin?” - but she most certainly did not.

UPDATE

Charles Krauthammer punctures Charlie Gibson’s big gotcha moment. No, Charlie, it wasn’t Palin who failed to understand what the “Bush doctrine” was. It was you.

(Via: Andrew Bolts blog)

Regards FP experience, it does not matter what familiarity in any one area one has, more importantly is a track record of having an aptitude to settle in, adjust and make tough decisions with the information on hand. Sarah has already demonstrated this as Governor. In addition, as a Governor, one is not expected that one have foreign policy experience. Recall we had a governor Clinton! All Presidents started somewhere and that somewhere in most all cases had little introduction to the world stage. In any event, Palin will come good soon; independent Senator Lieberman is among many FP specialists helping her out, not least McCain himself.

See also, a fascinating op-ed in The Daily Telegraph, Sarah Palin brings the Hillary Clinton era to an end, by columnist Anne Applebaum writing on how Sarah Palin breaks the archetype of the female politician, for American woman.

Oh, and "The Consequences of Secret Sanya" post is still in the pipe works; coming soon...

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19 comments:

David Schantz said...

It has been a long time since I've voted for a major party candidate for President and nothing has happened to get me to do so in this election However if I was going to I'd vote for McCain and Palin and McCain chosing Palin for a running mate is the reason I would.

Baldwin/Castle in 08.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

AI said...

Thank you David

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Excellent post Otto.

The left and the media despise her because she has shown the world that a successful woman does NOT have to be a liberal in order to be a success.

They will continue to try and demonize her until November and this continual attack will also continue tobcakfire on them as more and more are angerd by the unwareented attacks against this good and successful mom and woman politician.

Donald Douglas said...

I like the "oops," that's Obama.

I watched Palin's interview and I've argued she aced it on my page.

I concede that she looked unsure on the Bush doctrine, but in the context of her comments on God's plan in Iraq, she's certainly attuned to the underlying rationale for U.S. foreign policy exceptionalism. Now, it turns out, Krauthammer and others have shown the Bush doctrine has many meanings.

Thanks for the Bolt link!

Jeff said...

This is an excellent post Otto! Should be in the Melb and Sydney newspapers.

Palin has really energized the conservative base here. McCain/Palin lead in the national polls and now state by state McCain/Paln are starting to overtake Obama/Biden's once 10 point lead. This could be the land slide starting to move that some, even on the left suprisingly, predicted.

The Historian said...

Otto-

The comparative premise of this post is simply outstanding. The directly quoted comparisons are powerful.

Excellent work that deserves wide exposure. Thanks.

Liz [layla] said...

This election is turning just as ugly - if not uglier - that 2000 and '04 put together.

I was so sick of debunking the lefts lies about Palin I chose to write up on Obama - the zero and handily I came across a weekly straw poll that shows McCain leading by 20%.

So........

The left needs to shut up!

johnny said...

Sarah Palin is dangerous, too the Left wingers. She represents the treat of taking women off the left wing plantation of fear and self loathing. Sarah Palin makes it ok for a woman to be pro life, pro gun and pro conservative. The left is going to have to contend with her for a long time to come.

MK said...

"...If Mitchell is alarmed by Palin, running for vice president, he should be terrified by Obama, running for president."

Yeah, he should be, but he won't, because different standards apply to Obama with the fair and unbiased media. I'm just waiting for them to just come out and say that they hate conservatives and haven't given us fair go for years. They might as well, since it's barely concealed and we already know it anyway.

I saw that interview and there is simply nothing Palin or anyone could say that would have changed that fellow's loathing and contempt for her. Those same questions that Charlie fellow so haughtily asked her could have been asked of Obama, but they won't because he is their man.

The MSM ought to hang their heads in shame, they have betrayed and dirtied their profession and betrayed the people they are supposed to inform. Unfortunately the sneering elitists have no shame whatsoever.

Jungle Mom said...

Great post! I am forwarding this to everyone!!!

Debbie said...

Nice job of putting the record and msm straight.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

The Lonely Conservative said...

As always, another great post! Love the oops! The more the pile on Palin, the higher the McCain/Palin ticket rises in the polls. I hope they keep it up.

WomanHonorThyself said...

love it Otto..right in line with my last post my friend!!

Aurora said...

Great post, Otto. On just about any valid issue the Left attack Palin on, she outshines Obama, the biggest one being her experience, their favorite hit. The other issues you mention above just underline the inadequacy of Obama and the hypocrisy of the Left who support him.

AI said...

Thanks Aurora, it's good to see you here. And thanks also, to all commenters to date...

Jennifer said...

Wow, Otto! You've truly outdone yourself with this one! I am definitely going to be passsing it on, if you don't mind! :-)

It's amazing the comparison between Obama and Palin. The most ironic part is that she is only running for VP! You'd think people would be more concerned with what Obama is saying.

heidianne jackson said...

what a phenomenal post, otto, my apologies for being so late to the game, as it were. i must say that this is far better than any comparison i've seen anywhere!

as for sarah, she could have used obama's quotes directly and she still would have been given failing grades by the left. truly sad and amazing - isn't it?

thanks for bringing this to light!

heidianne jackson
big girl pants

David Schantz said...

Since I was here last I've read something that causes me to be more concerned about what Sarah Palin dosen't say than what she does say. It's Constitution Week in the United States. Time to turn off the TV and study one of our most important documents. I'll have a message up about that later.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

proudnred said...

Liberals keep assaulting her integrity and I'm sick of it.

Sarah Palin has nothing to hide and it is only beltway advisers inside the McCain ranks that are advising her not to show her IRS tax returns.

Show the tax returns just like the other candidates do and SHUT THOSE LIBERALS UP!!!!!