While campaigning in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Palin commented on the possibility of a unilateral strike inside the country by saying "if that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should." This came one day after McCain himself, in the first presidential debate, went after Obama aggressively for taking the same position.
Seeking to downplay her remarks on Sunday, McCain did Palin the disservice of suggesting her musings on the stump were a one-off mistake, reflecting precious little about the campaign's policy. "I don't think most Americans think that that's a definitive policy statement made by Governor Palin," McCain said on ABC's "This Week."
But even in her notably brief record of statements on foreign policy matters, Palin has now "stated repeatedly" something else entirely. In her first major network television interview with Charles Gibson, Palin remarked on the Pakistan question by saying: "In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists who would seek to destroy America and our allies, we must do whatever it takes, and we must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions of where we go and even who we target."
Gibson even went in for a follow-up to make sure he heard correctly, calling her first pass "a blizzard of words." After pressing Palin for her position on a hypothetical attack "with or without" the approval of the Pakistani government, she said: "I believe America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell-bent on America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table."
TPJ: John McCain seems the odd politician out on this matter because Bush has been lobbing missiles into Pakistan for some time now to target al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders. Palin has also apparently mislead us again, this time on so-called "trade missions" with Russia. A claim that she put forth as evidence of international experience which is thin even if it was true:In a Thursday interview with Katie Couric, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin cited "trade missions" with Russia as her one tangible piece of foreign policy experience.
What trade missions? Research doesn't show a single Alaska-Russia trade mission since former Democratic governor Tony Knowles visited Siberia in 1997, when Palin was running Wasilla, according to Salon.com.
TPJ: She's the worst V.P. selection since Dan Quayle and I would dare say worse.
Spokespeople for the McCain/Palin campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
IS JOHN McCAIN's GAMBLING IN LINE WITH CONSERVATIVE "VALUES?"
The visit had been arranged by the lobbyist, Scott Reed, who works for the Mashantucket Pequot, a tribe that has contributed heavily to Mr. McCain’s campaigns and built Foxwoods into the world’s second-largest casino.
TPJ: I thought gambling was a no-no amongst most conservatives and Republicans? We are constantly bombarded by the Republicans that they are the only ones with values. It is a holier than thou attitude that produces politicians who beat us over the head about how bad we non-Christians and non-conservatives are for doing things like gambling. However, despite thinking otherwise, even the holier-than-thou crowd is imperfect, which makes their downfalls that much more scandalous, hypocritical and outrageous. Remember conservative Bill Bennett who wrote a book on conservative values and virtues? Well it turned out that Bennett an avid gambler who was known to lose millions of dollars. And Ironically, Bennett and Empower America, the organization he co-founded and headed at the time, opposed the extension of casino gambling in the states.
Conservative values are also known for opposing drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. While "czar" at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Bennett was a cigarette smoker. He checked himself into a $700-a-week therapeutic resort to kick his two-pack-a-day cigarette habit. After failing to quit, he carried nicotine chewing gum with him everywhere. Political opponents of Bennett's policies accused him of hypocrisy for calling marijuana, cocaine and heroin immoral, and opposing their legalization, but not treating alcohol and tobacco the same way. This is important too since marijuana isn't physically addictive whereas cigarettes are.
UPDATE: Palin is talking right now that we need to put children with special needs at the front but that hasn't been the policy of the conservatives for a long time. As someone with a SMI (severe mental illness) I can tell you that we haven't been at the "Front of the line" in the least during the past 8 years and I doubt that would change despite Palin's words to the contrary today. I so no reason to hope for that as McCain is pretty much a carbon copy of Bush. When he had a chance to fill out an extensive survey on what he'd do to help those with special needs and mental health he said no. He chose instead to simply release a vague, short paragraph whereas Obama filled out that survey in detail.