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Palin's Bush-like Interview: Foreign Affairs Is Good v. Evil


First Posted: 09-25-08 09:16 PM   |   Updated: 10-26-08 05:12 AM

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Gov. Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric has already provided several head scratching moments. But the installment that aired Thursday evening has Democrats openly perplexed as to why voters have not been more critical of her candidacy.

The segment they are pointing to involves an utterly simplistic take on the Israeli-Iranian relations that makes emanates of Bushism.

"We don't have to second-guess what [Israel's] 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," Palin said when asked - playing off an earlier interview - whether the United States should ever second-guess Israeli policy. "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."

There were other moments that had people up in arms. When Palin said it was "beyond naive" for Barack Obama to say he would meet with the leadership of Iran, Couric asked her if the same description applied to Henry Kissinger, who just this week said the U.S. should negotiate with Iran "without conditions."

Seemingly aware, Palin replied, "I've never heard Henry Kissinger say, 'Yeah, I'll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met."

Earlier in the day, noise was made about Palin's continued defense of her claim that Alaska's geographic proximity to Russia made her well-versed in foreign affairs. Ben Smith, over at Politico, called the interview "truly unsteady." That was one of the kinder descriptions.

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