You would think that Sarah Palin would have learned from her first interview with Charlie Gibson - or that someone would have told her - never repeat that ridiculous line about having foreign policy credentials because you can see Russia from Alaska. But oops, she did it again tonight with Katie Couric.
COURIC: "You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience.
What did you mean by that? "
PALIN: "That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--"
COURIC: "Mock? "
PALIN: "Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah."
COURIC: "Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials."
PALIN: "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--"
COURIC: "Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?"
PALIN: "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."
Actually, Palin Palin has two trade specialists working for the governor's office. The top countries receiving Alaskan goods are Japan, Korea, China, Canada and Germany, according to 2006 export data, the most recent figures published, with seafood accounting for 50 percent of exports. Sounds like serious foreign policy work...
The McCain camp must be howling in agony over this interview. No wonder McCain wanted to delay his debate and hold it instead of the VP debate. What in the world is Palin babbling about Putin rearing his head in our air space and Russians in the state that she's the executive of? She makes it sound like Alaska is to Russia like New York is to New Jersey. They are not in her backyard. They are separated by an ocean. Palin's pathetic attempt to bolster her creds only continue to destroy them every time she opens her mouth.