Sarah Palin Tries To Answer Katie Couric’s Questions on Foreign Policy

I just finished listening to Part II of Katie Couric’s interview with Sarah Palin and once again am amazed that McCain would have saddled himself with a running mate who is so weak. Couric pressed Palin for an explanation of her claims that proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience. Here is a the transcript of that portion via Marc Ambinder:

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

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– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–


PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– 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– 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– to our state.

At least she knows that Alaska is between Canada and Russia, and that they are foreign countries. Earlier in the month The Seattle Times reported that Palin avoided actual involvement in policies involving Russia, even if she can see it from parts of Alaska.

Couric discussed Palin’s opposition to Barack Obama’s desire to speak with Iranian leaders without preconditions:

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. That is the whole goal here in fighting terrorism also. It’s not just to keep the people safe but to be able to usher in democratic values and ideals around this, around the world.

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.

Palin apparently didn’t pay enough attention in her recent talk with Kissinger when she said that Henry Kissinger did not support such negotiations. After the interview, Katie Couric stated she double checked with Kissinger and confirmed that Kissinger shared Obama’s position of negotiations without preconditions. My bet is that Sarah Palin could not answer a question regarding the meaning of preconditions.

Palin also repeated her views regarding not second guessing Israel.

Maybe Couric was unfair to Palin in htis interview. She failed to ask a single question regarding Sarah Palin’s greatest (and only) strength with regards to national security–defense against the dark arts.


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    petunia says:

    Kissinger, Baker, Christopher, Albright, and Powell, All Five Former Secretaries of State said that the U.S. and Iran should talk in last week’s panel on “world challenges”.  Incidentally, Ahmadinejad may not be the most appropriate person to speak to, since he does not make foreign policy, neither does he control the military, he is not commander in chief.  The Iranian President has much less power than the U.S. President.

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    Jason says:

    Typical liberal hypocrasy.  You never hear reporters asking Obama’s daughter’s difficult questions.  But Palin gets them all the time.  The “gotcha” questioning is pure sexism.  Obama would be screaming bloody murder if the press were asking his wife or daughters these questions.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Let’s have Obama’s daughters debate Palin and settle once and for all who knows more about the issues.

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    Lauren Williams says:

    Comparing Obama’s daughter to Palin is ignorant and naive. Palin is running for Vice President and Obama’s daughter will (hopefully) be the daughter of the President. Daughter of the President and the Vice President do not share the same duties or responsibilities, especially in respect to foreign policy.

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    Bernie Wagner says:

    You fail to realize obviously that Sarah Palin is not McCain’s daughter.  She is his running mate and could possibly ascend to the presidency.  She should be asked all manner of tough questions and be able to intelligently answer them.  Obama’s daughters are not going to be president.  I can’t believe you could make such a stupid comment.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Come on guys, get a sense of humor. Jason was clearly being sarcastic in comparing Palin’s knowledge to that of Obama’s daughters, as well as in calling this liberal hypocrisy and sexism.

    It doesn’t matter that Obama’s daughters could not answer such questions due to their age, but it sure matters that Palin could not handle the questions.

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    EVELYN says:

    Palin is just not ready to be vp or Pres. she think’s she is the only woman who has had a child with downs.when there are so many more who know about how to raise them,
    I drove for the special need’s children and they are sweet kid’s, they have more love in their little pinky, for other’s than Palin does in her heart, for the middle class people,
    she has a sharp tongue, and down’s the middle class, and want’s to make her self look good.
    she need’s to go back home and stay there, where she sy’s she did so much

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