Sarah Palin gave Charles Gibson, of the ABC television network, an exclusive interview. Here is a quote from Sarah Palin in her ABC interview: “For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable.”
Is that so, Sarah? In the interview, she certainly did prove one thing. She can lie and be dishonest just like the rest of them.
Not only did she show total ignorance of even what US intelligence services now confirm and admit, that Georgia was the aggressor in a campaign of genocide which Russia stopped, but she was totally clueless when questioned about the Bush Doctrine. Instead, Palin tried make believe she didn’t realize that the interviewer knew she didn’t have a clue what he was talking about.
Gibson: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?
Palin: In what respect, Charlie?
Gibson: Well, what do you interpret it to be?
Palin: His world view?
Gibson: The Bush doctrine, in September 2002, before the Iraq war.
Palin: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic terrorists who are hell-bent in 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 democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.
Gibson: The Bush doctrine is we have the right of self-defense, preemptive strike against any country we think is going to attack us. do you agree with us?
Clearly Palin did not have the foggiest idea what Gibson meant. This is absolutely huge. The Bush doctrine of preemption and the National Security Strategy of 2002 was the central element of debate for almost 2 years in the foreign policy community and in the US during the run up to the invasion of Iraq and in the years after. It was probably the single greatest shift in US foreign policy in a generation, but a possible would-be US President is totally clueless about it.
Here are the interview questions where Palin showed…what is it? A total lack of knowledge and stupidity or a deliberate attempt to LIE?
GIBSON: Let me ask you about some specific national security situations.
GIBSON: Let's start, because we are near Russia, let's start with Russia and Georgia. The administration has said we've got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?
PALIN: First off, we're going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain's running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. 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 and we have to keep...
GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.
PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That's why we have to keep an eye on Russia.
To the contrary, we have to keep our eye on YOU, Sarah Palin!!! We need to determine if you are either a pathological LIAR or just a stupid, incompetent, ignorant bag of hair.
Further in the situation with Georgia:
PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO. Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but...
GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?
PALIN: 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
Such statements about hypothetical situations from a candidate show an extreme lack of good judgment and sense, not to mention it's saber rattling at its very worst. The international community is also fully aware that Georgia cannot properly be described as a democratic nation by anyone’s standards, other than Washington’s in whose case “democratic” can merely be defined as a puppet state willing to do whatever Washington commands.
Meanwhile the corporate media continues to try to influence the voting public by conducting inaccurate polls, reporting significant gains for the McCain/Palin ticket. This is despite the fact that many more new Democrats are being registered as opposed to Republicans.
Nationwide, there are about 42 million registered Democrats and about 31 million Republicans according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press. The Democrats have posted big gains in many competitive states, including Nevada, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Florida. They have also been targeting historically Republican southern states.