Thursday, September 11, 2008

War with Russia?

In her first real interview Sarah Palin demonstrates why she was a poor pick for VP.

The point is not that "war with Russia" wouldn't be a consequence of a Russian invasion of a NATO signatory. That very well could be the result.

The point is that world leaders don't talk casually about war, especially war with a nation that has the firepower to wipe us off the face of the planet.

People may be aggravated by the way politicians and diplomats use euphemisms to skirt around these topics, but there is a very good reason why they do it. If they say something off the cuff in a casual manner like "ordinary folks" they could needlessly aggravate already tense situations. Someone who has experience with foreign policy would know that. An unknown and untested political neophyte like Palin would not.

Democrats should not attack this with the claim that Palin was in any way advocating for war with Russia. My read of the transcript shows that she was clearly not doing that. But she was being rather cavalier with the whole concept and THAT is why should is a poor pick for VP.

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