Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Palin interview transcript

I have not seen Charlie Gibson's interview with Sarah Palin, but I am reading some excerpts of the uncut transcript right now.

At times, Palin seems to sound like a typical politician. At least once, she does that thing where she repeats the same non-answer over and over to a series of probing questions.
GIBSON [in a series of questions about potential national security / foreign relations threats]: What if Israel decided it felt threatened and needed to take out the Iranian nuclear facilities?

PALIN: Well, first, we are friends with Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.

GIBSON: So if we wouldn’t second guess it and they decided they needed to do it because Iran was an existential threat, we would cooperative or agree with that.

PALIN: I don’t think we can second guess what Israel has to do to secure its nation.

GIBSON: So if it felt necessary, if it felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right.

PALIN: We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself.
That sounds awfully familiar to those of us who watch White House press conferences. (Ahem: "I cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.") Let me translate from Politician into English there. What she means is, "I am unwilling to answer that question in a forthright way."

It was a pretty far-out hypothetical, and of course even a President has a whole gaggle of advisors who she could turn to in that situation for help. But a reformer? Not one of "the good old boys"? I've not heard this sort of thing from Obama's camp.

I more agree with these words of Palin's:
[I]t has been overwhelming to me that confirmation of the message that Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing and kind of that closed door, good old boy network that has been the Washington elite.

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