Sunday, September 14, 2008

The truth about Palin's "trip of a lifetime"

During Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson, she described her 2007 trip to see Alaskan National Guard troops stationed in Iraq as a "trip of a lifetime." The discussion came during Gibson's questions about her foreign travel experience.

In order to boost Palin's foreign policy credentials, the McCain campaign boosted that she had traveled to Ireland, German, Kuwait and to a military outpost in Iraq. The campaign also claimed that Palin's foreign travel included an excursion into the Iraq battle zone.

The truth is Palin's plane made a refueling stop in Ireland and a brief stop at the American airbase in Germany. The McCain camp admitted on Friday that her visit to Iraq consisted of a brief stop at a border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait. Following continued questions about the trip, campaign aides revised the story saying she did not venture beyond the Kuwait-Iraq border.

It's just another example of the McCain camp trumping up Palin's razor-thin resume to justify their rash decision to put her on the ticket.

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