Today’s Boston Globe carries a story by staff writers Michael Kranish and Farah Stockman on Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s interview with ABC interviewer Charlie Gibson yesterday. The story provides good reason for Palin to pack up and go back to Alaska where she can resume her hobbies of trying to ban books, abusing the power of her office, sucking up taxpayer money for bridges to nowhere, and encouraging the teaching of Biblical creationism in science classes. Herewith…
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said yesterday that she had no hesitation about becoming John McCain’s running mate, confident that she has the experience in world affairs to take over the presidency despite acknowledging that she has never met a foreign head of state.
Which is to say she has no experience in foreign affairs and has no clue about how to handle the serious matters afoot in the world today. Perhaps she means by ‘experience in world affairs’ that she has slept with an Italian and a German? Or that she wears lipstick from China? Or that she once caught a glimpse of Siberia across the Bering Strait? All she has is confidence and nothing with which to back it up.
The United States has a fellow just as confident and just as ignorant in the White House now. That worked out well, didn’t it?
“We’ve got to keep an eye on Russia,” Palin said. “For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable.”
As if to prove she has no clue about foreign affairs, she fails to note that the ‘smaller democratic country’, Georgia, attacked the disputed area of Ossetia, and only then did Russia respond to protect its own people there.
And of course there’s the obvious elephant she ignores in the empty room of her mind. That would be the United States attacking, invading, occupying and destroying a country which did nothing to provoke such action. It wasn’t a democracy, but that is irrelevant. Unprovoked, groundless aggression against any nation is a crime – unless of course you are a Republican and a Conservative and have God, ignorance, and rigid ideology on your side.
Palin echoed familiar themes of the Bush administration, championing democracy as the antidote to terrorism and referring to Islamic extremism as “evil.”
If Islamic extremism is evil, then so is Christian fundamentalism of the sort that cheers the bombing of medical clinics and the assassination of doctors and bombing a government building in Oklahoma City. Those things happened in the United States, that most democratic of countries (if you happen to be rich or well-connected).
Terrorism is a tactic, little Sarah. It always has been. It always will be. And as the United States has proven over the years, particularly the last seven years, pushing your political views in other peoples’ faces while killing them and their families, while practicing vile torture on them, while destroying their countries, is only going to create more people willing and able to practice the tactics of terror against you.
Democracy is not an antidote to the use of terror, even less so when the so-called democracy being foisted on people by bombs and guns and ignorant eighteen-year-old soldiers is a farce and a lie. You can put lipstick on the pig that Republicans consider democracy and it still looks like proto-fascism wearing a smock of theocracy. The United States isn’t fooling anyone out there in the real world when Bush and Cheney and the Republicans talk democracy.
“I thought, ‘Yes,’ right off the bat” when McCain asked her to join the ticket, she said, adding, “I answered him ‘yes’ because I have the confidence in that readiness 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 and victory in the war, you can’t blink. So I didn’t blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.”
‘Reform of this country’? ‘Victory in the war’?
These are the words of a person who believes in banning books; who abuses the power of her political office; who wants schools to teach creationism as if it were science and not religious ignorance and stupidity; who thinks ignorance of sex is the best way to prevent young girls from getting pregnant. This is a person who would ‘reform’ the United States into a country more backward than most third-world nations.
As for ‘victory’ in the war, she has obviously caught McCain’s senility. There is no victory to be had. The promise of victory is a false promise, a mirage in the deserts that are the minds of Republicans and Conservatives. We destroyed Iraq. We murdered tens of thousands. We have the blood of hundreds of thousands on our hands. We created over four million refugees, half of whom fled the country and half of whom are internal refugees. We insult their culture, we insult their religion. We have turned tens of millions of people against us, and even now, after all that, we continue to worsen these insults against reason and sanity by authorizing attacks within Pakistan, against the direct and express wishes of the Pakistan government, thus pushing another nation to the brink of destruction. And this stupid twit from Alaska wants more of this?
The Washington Post reported that Palin told Iraq-bound soldiers yesterday that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.”
The remark appeared at odds with President Bush’s stance that there was no connection between Iraq and the Sept. 11 attacks.
Experienced in foreign affairs?
She thinks Iraq had a hand in 9/11. Despite the admission, on videotape, by the current psychotic in the Oval Office that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, despite the complete lack of evidence from independent investigations. All those hundreds of thousands of human beings in Iraq died for this lie, and she’s perfectly happy to send her son to kill some more of them in the name of this lie.
Sarah Palin is a sick ideologue, a religious freak, an ignorant person, a twitch in the body politic who should be sent packing back to Alaska permanently before she and her ilk can do any more damage to the United States and the world.