After listening to Sarah Palin, that distinguished foreign policy expert, Americans may yearn for a return to the peaceful days of George Bush. In a typical response of an individual who is ignorant regarding the complexities of foreign policy, she defiantly told an interviewer: “Ihave the confidence in that readiness(to be president) 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 in the war, you can’t blink.”She fully supported NATO membership for Georgia and the Ukraine and insisted “we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable.”
The comments of Governor Palin are frightening, to say the least. There is not an iota of understanding anything about the situation in Georgia other than mouthing tough rhetoric. Sarah Palin appears completely ignorant that Georgia initiated the original attack on South Ossetia. In response to a question concerning if Georgia membership in NATO would commit the US to go to war with Russia, she responded: “Perhaps, so, I mean, tht is the agreement when you are a NATO ally.”
Perhaps, if Governor Palin knew a bit of history, she would have learned that President Kennedy during the Cuba missile crisis, blinked, negotiated a secret agreement which included withdrawal of US missiles from Turkey and avoided nuclear war. Neither Sarah Palin nor John McCain are anything like the cool headed John F. Kennedy.