If you thought Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric on CBS couldn't get any worse, this exchange about Israel shows just how painful it gets when Palin freestyles. During Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson a few weeks ago, he asked if she would support Israel if they attacked Iran. Palin repeated in a parrot-like trance several times that the U.S. shouldn't second guess Israel. Couric pressed the issue again in her interview with Palin tonight:
Couric: "You recently said three times that you would never, quote, "second guess" Israel if that country decided to attack Iran. Why not?"
Palin: "We shouldn't second guess Israel's security efforts because we cannot ever afford to send a message that we would allow a second Holocaust, for one. Israel has got to have the opportunity and the ability to protect itself. They are our closest ally in the Mideast. We need them. They need us. And we shouldn't second guess their efforts."
Couric: "You don't think the United States is within its rights to express its position to Israel? And if that means second-guessing or discussing an option? "
Palin: "No, abso … we need to express our rights and our concerns and …
Couric: "But you said never second guess them."
Palin: "We don't have to second-guess what their efforts would be if they believe … that it is in their country and their allies, including us, all of our best interests to fight against a regime, especially Iran, who would seek to wipe them off the face of the earth. It is obvious to me who the good guys are in this one and who the bad guys are. The bad guys are the ones who say Israel is a stinking corpse and should be wiped off the face of the earth. That's not a good guy who is saying that. Now, one who would seek to protect the good guys in this, the leaders of Israel and her friends, her allies, including the United States, in my world, those are the good guys."
This isn't a children's game of cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians. It's not about good guys and bad guys. It's about dealing with the reality of the world we live in. God only knows what world Palin is living in.