POLITICAL observations & opinions

* John McCain has knowingly created a serious threat to our national security

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 13, 2008

Fred Kaplan writes on Slate (re the Gibson ABC interview) …

  • Gov. Palin was obviously briefed by Sen. John McCain’s advisers, and briefed fairly well.
  • She recited what were plainly the main points of these tutorials with an assertive confidence familiar to those who engaged in high-school debate competitions.
  • But it was painfully obvious that
    • there is not a millimeter of depth undergirding those recitations, 
    • she had never given a moment’s thought to these matters before two weeks ago.
  • For example … Palin described Russia’s invasion of Georgia as “unprovoked.” Gibson interrupted her: “You believe unprovoked?” She affirmed, “I do believe unprovoked.” This was an eyebrow-raiser. Almost everyone, even Russia’s harshest critics, acknowledges that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili did, in fact, provoke Putin.
  • Thursday night’s interview suggests that
    • Palin doesn’t value knowledge much at all,
    • that she puts faith above facts
    • and instincts above thinking.
  • Gibson asked if she’d ever doubted her readiness to be vice president. Palin’s answer:
    • I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink,
    • you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war,
    • you can’t blink.
  • But if you don’t know what you’re dealing with, snap decisions can be fatal.
  • on foreign policy and national security (in addition to much else)
    • Sarah Palin doesn’t know what she’s dealing with.
    • Worse, she doesn’t know how much she doesn’t know.
    • She thinks that being “committed to the mission” exempts her from the need to think
    • and that firmness alone will yield righteous policy.
    • this is a very dangerous trait.



Palin’s ignorance, combined with her certainty that she is right, is so incredibly dangerous to our country.

All she needs is “faith in the mission.” And who exactly told her what the mission was, since she clearly doesn’t have the knowldege to know herself?

Sarah Palin, who is not educated on the affairs of our country, who thinks that such education is not a necessary qualification to be VP, and who may resent others who are educated (like Barack Obama), is pathetic in many ways, and dangerous if she ever gets into a position of real power.

A heartbeat away ???

But the real issue is not Sarah Palin. The real issue is the abominable judgment shown by John McCain in selecting her, when even he must know how truly unqualified she is.

In selecting Sarah Palin, John McCain has knowingly created a serious threat to our national security.


Read Fred Kaplan’s  entire article at … http://www.slate.com/id/2199937/



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