Politics, politics, politics..

I have commented on Sarah Palin quite a lot during the last few weeks and now as she has entered a crash course in foreign policy I will, of course, comment on her again.

Can a presumptive VP learn everything she needs to know about foreign policy in less than a week? Absolutely according to the McCain campaign who, at the time of my writing, are keeping Mrs Palin busy in meetings with world leaders.

The necessity of a “crash course” in preparation for the upcoming TV-debate against democrat VP candidate Joe Biden (sometimes referred to as foreign policy expert) is quite concerning. I’m not saying this because I oppose Palin and everything she stands for, I think anyone with common sense would find this unnerving. Sure, nobody is perfect and we are, sadly enough, never going to find a VP or a president who has good enough knowledge in every area of US concern. However, we can definitely do a lot better than Sarah Palin who, despite having some executive experience, (being governor and all) clearly doesn’t know enough.

Sarah Palin was asked by Katie Couric how Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, CBS interview, Sept. 24, 2008: 
“Well, it certainly does because our — our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia … We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.” 

The former governor has not spent much time outside the US and, in fact, only got her passport last year! How can a VP, who has never been abroad, never experienced any other culture than her own, expect to help lead a country at this time of globalization? As we face both greater challenges and greater opportunities abroad than ever before foreign policy is that one subject you need to know and no 7-day course is going to be enough. (even if you are hoping for second in command)

To shed some light on the discovery of Sarah Palin’s more than inadequate experience of the fellow countries on earth I will explain how it might help us understand the way her mind works.

A journey abroad, either holiday or business, doesn’t only expose you to different customs and cultures but also help you open your mind to other people’s perspectives. This is a very valuable skill as it make you more open to compromise and able to understand views you do not agree with. Even more valuable is this skill when it comes to politics, as you most certainly will end up disagreeing and compromising more than once. Sarah Palin’s lack of travels has therefore led to her lack of open-mindedness, which is another one of those necessities a VP has to have when its country calls itself democratic.

The conclusion? With the VP debate only a week away Sarah Palin should indeed be nervous (if I was her I’d take notes every second of those meetings). Before I get into that though there’s another even more exciting event taking place tonight. Oh yes, the first Obama vs McCain debate will be on at 20.00 US eastern time and you can expect me watching every bit of it!

— Kajsa, Admin Future for America


~ by politicsoftomorrow on September 26, 2008.

2 Responses to “Politics, politics, politics..”

  1. I am from Europe. I am not an American citizen but have watched in horror/amazement as the American cult of personality has completely replaced reasonable thought when it comes to Sarah Palin. It is not just that events have show her to be totally out of her depth, but that any reasonable observer could have predicted that at the outset. She is a PTA mom that rose to governor ina a very small state. No more and no less and she performs like that same PTA mom when forced to apply her knowledge and abilities on a rela rather than stage manged basis. But waht is it about the American people that allows this type of “hollywood-style” manipulation to work so well?

  2. I agree with you Ivan, Sarah Palin is performing as should be expected. My blogging about her has not been an effort to mimic the media, rather an effort to highlight the fact she is not the person for the job. Since she is in a position to gain quite a lot of power I believe it is important the media points out the lack of qualification (if you may) so people don’t turn out and vote for someone they’ll regret later.

    The “hollywood-style” manipulation is as you mention very American (hence hollywood) especially very common in media and something we definitely have to get rid of.

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