Here's a sneak preview of Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin which will air on the CBS Evening News tonight. Couric questions Palin about Afghanistan and follows up on Palin's comment that the fight there is more challenging then in Iraq. Palin's muddled, stream-of-consciousness reply is barely intelligible. Her handlers should have given her a better briefing on McCain's cornerstone issues - war and fighting.
Couric: "Why is it much more challenging there? Can you explain that?"
Sarah Palin: "The logistics that we are already suggesting here, not having enough troops in the area right now. The… things like the terrain even in Afghanistan and that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where, you know, we believe that-- Bin Laden is-- is hiding out right now and… and is still such a leader of this terrorist movement. There… there are many more challenges there. So, again, I believe that… a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq. And as I say, Katie, that we cannot afford to retreat, to withdraw in Iraq. That's not gonna get us any better off in Afghanistan either. And as our leaders are telling us in our military, we do need to ramp it up in Afghanistan, counting on our friends and allies to assist with us there because these terrorists who hate America, they hate what we stand for with the… the freedoms, the democracy, the… the women's rights, the tolerance, they hate what it is that we represent and our allies, too, and our friends, what they represent. If we were… were to allow a stronghold to be captured by these terrorists then the world is in even greater peril than it is today. We cannot afford to lose in Afghanistan."
Is Palin completely incapable of stringing together a cohesive thought? It sounds like she just said the reason Afghanistan is a challenge is because of the terrain. I'm beginning to think Palin has a terrain-fetish. First she tells Charlie Gibson that she's equipped to deal with Russia because she can see their land for Alaska. Now she claims the calamity in Afghanistan is terrain-oriented. Someone needs to bring Palin back to earth. And how about her remark that a surge in Afghanistan will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq. Palin and McCain must be the only two people in the world doing a victory dance for Iraq. Earth to Palin!