Watching this for the first time, as opposed to reading it, it's very clear that Palin has never heard of the Bush doctrine on pre-emption, perhaps the most significant element of his disastrous legacy in foreign policy:
She is clearly out of her depth. And no hard questions about her record have yet been asked - let alone the questions that have been asked at every water-cooler in the country. I reserve judgment on the whole interview until I've seen the whole thing. But this exchange is a classic example of how she tends to lie reflexively when caught in an uncomfortable part of her record:
GIBSON: You said recently, in your old church, "Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God." Are we fighting a holy war?
PALIN: You know, I don't know if that was my exact quote.
GIBSON: Exact words.
So far, clearly able to recite talking points imprinted on her by Randy Scheueneman et al. But no actual understanding of the issues involved. She has met no foreign leaders ever, but she has been in touch with Randy Scheuneman's former client, the somewhat nutty Saakashvili.
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