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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.

Palin: I'm not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel 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?

Palin: Because we can't afford to lose in Afghanistan, as we cannot afford to lose in Iraq, either, these central fronts on the war on terror.

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?

Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to ... uh chari-... um.. I don't know... you know ... reporters.

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there...

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?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.

*blink* *blink*

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?

Palin: Specifically, we will make every effort possible to help spread democracy for those who desire freedom, independence, tolerance, respect for equality.

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?

Palin: I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with. You can't just sit down with him with no preconditions being met. Barack Obama is so off-base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met. That's beyond naïve. And it's beyond bad judgment.

Couric: Are you saying Henry Kissinger …

Palin: It's dangerous.

Couric: … is naïve for supporting that?

Palin: I've never heard Henry Kissinger say, "Yeah, I'll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met." Diplomacy is about doing a lot of background work first and shoring up allies and positions and figuring out what sanctions perhaps could be implemented if things weren't gonna go right. That's part of diplomacy.

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?

Palin: We shouldn't second guess Israel's security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one. Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts.

Couric: You don't think the United States is within its rights to express its position to Israel? And if that means second-guessing or discussing an option?

Palin: No, abso … we need to express our rights and our concerns and …

Couric: But you said never second guess them.

Palin: We don't have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe … that it is in their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth. It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the earth. That's not a good guy who is saying that. Now, one who would seek to protect the good guys in this, the leaders of Israel and her friends, her allies, including the United States, in my world, those are the good guys.

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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