Sarah performed beautifully in the Charlie Gibson interview. I hate Gibson. I don't even like ABC. His malice was so apparent, however, Sarah managed to keep her obvious disgust for the media at bay while she addressed hard-hitting questions about energy, foreign matters and things John McCain should really be concerned about. Notice her conversational use of "Charlie" and "gonna". That shows the folksy appeal that other candidates completely lack.
When asked if Georgia joined NATO, whether the United States should go to war if the country was again invaded by Russia, Palin responded: "Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help."
"And 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," she said.
YES. Keeping an eye on Russia is the most sane and logical diplomatic plan I have heard so far. And it's something we can all do. It's like a global neighborhood watch in which all Americans are taking a bite out of crime. On to energy and war:
"Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that's with the energy independence that I've been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States... but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It's that important. It's that significant," she said.
I want these Palin haters to tell how drilling in the ANWR won't solve our dependence on foreign oil. Tell me. Sarah makes a clear connection between the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Iraq. Nail? Meet Head. Bamn. On Jews and WMDS:
"Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don't think that we should second-guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security."
Iran, she said, presented a threat not only to Israel but to "everyone in the world."
"We have got to make sure that these weapons of mass destruction, that nuclear weapons are not given to those hands of [Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad, not that he would use them, but that he would allow terrorists to be able to use them," she said.
Ever the maverick, Palin shows us that weapons of mass destruction DO exist throwing the middle finger to "experts" who claim to have found none. AND ever the tolerant Christian, she supports Isreal despite the fact that it was responsible for her Lord & Savior's death. On the Bush Doctrine:
Though seemingly flummoxed by the term, Palin agreed in principle to the "Bush doctrine," or the idea that the United States has the right to preemptively strike another country before first being attacked.
"Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.
Who knows better than Sarah about defend one's own? Legitimate intelligence in this case is valid, whereas legitimate intelligence regarding WMDs is irrelevant mostly because it was done by Europeans. Sarah is a complex rationalizer - it takes a B.A. from the University of Idaho to achieve this level of thinking.
Is she soft on war? "Hell" no:
"I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table."
See: she is pro-choice. She advocates exercising all options when it comes to war. On God and war:
"I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side."
When asked if she believed she was "sending [her] son on a task that is from God," Palin said: "I don't know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer."
Like choosing to be an organizer rather than support the country in real service. Exactly. Like Bristol, Trak has made his own decision about his own life and Sarah had nothing to do with it.
On humans and climate change:
"I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. Here in Alaska, the only arctic state in our Union, of course, we see the effects of climate change more so than any other area with ice pack melting. Regardless though of the reason for climate change, whether it's entirely, wholly caused by man's activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet -- the warming and the cooling trends -- regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it and we have to make sure that we're doing all we can to cut down on pollution."
Initially, I too was concerned that Sarah denied man's involvement in climate change. Now that she has clarified her position, I realize that her reversal of thought really demonstrates her ability to be flexible.
I think she did a great job and this interview does nothing but reassure me that she is indeed the right person to be running with John McCain. I think she represents the Republican line of thinking very well.