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In her much-publicized interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin was asked: “What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?”  Her answer:

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.

GIBSON: So if we wouldn’t second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

PALIN: I don’t think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.

Forgive me, but is it wise to have this type of blind faith in any country’s decision to attack another country’s nuclear program?  When you’re talking about a full-scale military attack taking place in the world’s most volatile region, with over 200,000 American troops stationed in two neighboring countries, and with as much uncertainty as there is about how close, if at all, Iran is to obtaining nuclear weapons…isn’t it okay to think about it a second time?  Or maybe even a third, just to be on the safe side?

It’s a shame Gov. Palin was so well-scripted in this interview, because she never once gave us a glimpse of her actual inner workings.  She stuck to the talking points, even to the point of becoming like a broken record.

I, for one, am very nervous about this fact – because interviews like this are supposed to give us a picture of how she will make decisions, should she ever be called upon to assume the office of the President.  But we know absolutely nothing about her actual thoughts, and are confident only in her ability to recite pre-screened talking points.  And the points she stuck to are less than up-lifting for anyone who hopes to see a negotiated solution to the challenge of Iran’s nuclear program.

For anyone looking for a more well-reasoned and thoughtful approach to Iran, I recommend reading this letter from Sen. John Kerry, who will likely become the new Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next January.  (h/t, Iran Nuclear Watch)

Posted By Patrick Disney

    2 Responses to “Sarah Palin on attacking Iran: “We can’t second guess Israel””

  1. stmichaeltraveler says:

    Where is discussion on the National-International Issues? Palin is not the issue!

    Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, is a beautiful lady. What else can you tell me about her? Is she qualified to be the President of the United States?

    In contrast to many very highly qualified Republican ladies, such as Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Sarah Palin has equivalent high school knowledge in some fields, and not at all in the others. In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant, then finished third (second runner-up) in the Miss Alaska pageant, at which she won a college scholarship and the “Miss Congeniality” award. Palin admits to trying cannabis as a youth, during the time Alaska had decriminalized possession though she says she did not enjoy it.
    Palin spent her first college semester at Hawaii Pacific College, transferring in 1983 to North Idaho College and then to the University of Idaho. She attended Matanuska-Susitna College in Alaska for one term, returning to the University of Idaho to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism, graduating in 1987.
    Did Senator McCain think choosing a family advocating separation of Alaska from the United States would buy my vote?

    I am disappointed with Sen. John McCain’s selection; he chose such a feather weight person to represent the Republican Party. Did he think that American women would vote for him because he selected a female rather than a male for the ticket? Senator McCain, please stop insulting the American women?

    As you have stated yourself, you had voted 95% of the times in the Senate along the President Bush’s policies. Senator McCain, the issues during this election are: job, economy, medical insurance, infrastructure, education, and failed policy of the President Bush. As President Ronald Reagan once stated: Are we better now than 4 years ago? No, my family is worse than 8 years ago.

    Should I vote for Bush-McCain policies once more? I can not afford more of Bush’s domestic and international policies.

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