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2008-09-26 12:32 PM
Sarah Palin is Self-Destructing, Part 2
Real transcript of part of the Palin Couric interview. For some reason, though, this transcript is incomplete. If you watch the video, several parts of the transcript are missing.
Couric: In preparing for this conversation, a lot of our viewers … and Internet users wanted to know why you did not get a passport until last year. And they wondered if that indicated a lack of interest and curiosity in the world.
Yeah, you know, I'm not one of those elitest, richy-rich types who go out and experience the world. I was DOING something! I was WORKING! You arrogant bastards...
*sigh* When did world travel become a negative?
Couric: I know the McCain campaign has called for a surge in Afghanistan. But that country is, as you know, dramatically different than Iraq. Why do you believe additional troops, U.S. troops, will solve the problem there?
She didn't ask you if we could afford to lose in Aghanistan. She asked you why you believe more troops will help.
I'm expanding this next quote because they've cleaned it up a bit. It's best if you watch it for yourself at approx 3:20 in the video. I've never heard Palin defending the "I can see Russia" thing, it's usually just been other people saying it on her behalf. I was of the opinion that she was just letting others say the stupid things so she didn't... I guess I was wrong:
Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Ok, stop right there. She asked you to explain why it enhances your foreign policy credentials.... "it certainly does" is not a response to that. That's more like responding to "DOES it enhance your credentials?" Listen to the question, Palin, it helps answer it properly.
This next bit is where my jaw really hits the floor (emphasis mine):
Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
I just don't even know what to say to this bit of incoherent rambling. Is she saying that she's repelling invasions by Putin on a regular basis? Is she claiming to be directing US Forces against Russia?
Couric: When President Bush ran for office, he opposed nation-building. But he has spent, as you know, much of his presidency promoting democracy around the world. What lessons have you learned from Iraq? And how specifically will you try to spread democracy throughout the world?
Hey, genius, just because you used the word "specifically" doesn't mean you gave any specifics. She asked you HOW you will spread democracy and your response was "we will spread democracy." LISTEN to the question, it helps you ANSWER it.
Another absolute GEM, was her discussion of diplomacy with Iran where she accidentally implies that Kissinger is naive because he agrees with Obama:
Couric: You met yesterday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who is for direct diplomacy with both Iran and Syria. Do you believe the U.S. should negotiate with leaders like President Assad and Ahmadinejad?
Ok, last one... in a previous interview she said that we shouldn't "second guess" the actions of Israel.... which in essence gives them carte blanche to do whatever they want. If they want to attack Iran or attack Palestinians, according to her we shouldn't "second guess" them.
Here's the last bit:
Couric: You recently said three times that you would never, quote, "second guess" Israel if that country decided to attack Iran. Why not?
Yeah, that's GREAT foreign policy chops there... good guys vs. bad guys. Anyone in the world who has any substantive knowledge about the situation in the Middle East understands how deeply complex are the issues at hand. To be so arrogant to label one side the white hats and one side the black hats is so incredibly blind as to be frightening.
Palin scares the hell out of me.
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