Palin on Russia

Commenter “Kolchak” points us to a recent interview of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Governor of Alasks, with ABC’s Charles Gibson, where she discusses Russia. Uh-oh, Mr. Putin. Uh-oh, lying dumbocrats.  Palin gets Russia, to a “T”.  T as in “trillion,” the amount the corrupt Russian stock market nearly has lost in the past few months.  And let’s not forget, Palin wasn’t even hired for her foreign policy knowledge, but for her experience as an elected executive, which is far greater than any other candidate in the field. Barack Obama has none, and by hiring Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, he has admitted what is obvious — that he has no foreign policy experience either.  John McCain, on the other hand, has more foreign policy experience than all the other three candidates put together. Go McCain! Go Palin!  (NOTE:  ABC controversially edited many of Palin’s remarks and, while published on their website, didn’t air them on TV; some suggest this was done to make Palin look ignorant or bellicose, an act of partisanship we condemn if it occurred.  The full remarks are published below.).

GIBSON: Let’s start, because we are near Russia, let’s start with Russia and Georgia. The administration has said we’ve got to maintain the territorial integrity of Georgia. Do you believe the United States should try to restore Georgian sovereignty over South Ossetia and Abkhazia?

PALIN: First off, we’re going to continue good relations with Saakashvili there. I was able to speak with him the other day and giving him my commitment, as John McCain’s running mate, that we will be committed to Georgia. And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable and we have to keep…

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked.

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals.That’s why we have to keep an eye on Russia. And, Charlie, you’re in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They’re very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along. We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.  We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?

PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.

GIBSON: Because Putin has said he would not tolerate NATO incursion into the Caucasus.

PALIN: Well, you know, the Rose Revolution, the Orange Revolution, those actions have showed us that those democratic nations, I believe, deserve to be in NATO.  Putin thinks otherwise. Obviously, he thinks otherwise, but…

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn’t we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help. But NATO, I think, should include Ukraine, definitely, at this point and I think that we need to — especially with new leadership coming in on January 20, being sworn on, on either ticket, we have got to make sure that we strengthen our allies, our ties with each one of those NATO members. We have got to make sure that that is the group that can be counted upon to defend one another in a very dangerous world today.

GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.

PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries. And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to. It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries. His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.

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11 responses to “Palin on Russia

  1. Close the barn-door, the horse have gone. Palin is saying all the right things – in the beautifully hedged manner of politico-speech.

    McCain and Palin will be as unable to do anything meaningful to revert recent Russian gains as Obama and Biden.

    My bet with anybody willing to take it: no Nabucco for at least until 2020.
    No NATO membership for Georgia until at least 2020.

    Ukraine: harder to predict, could go anywhere, but I am willing to bet significant sums that it won’t be considered for membership until at least 2015.

    Any takers?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Isn’t that the same thing Russians said about Ronald Reagan right before he wiped the USSR off the map without firing a shot? Do you have any idea how totally ludicrious your crazy arrogance sounds?

    Takers? Are you going to give us your real name, home address, phone number and escrow bank account number? HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Dude, you’re a totally hopeless freak! Please keep it up, it’s priceless entertainment.

  2. Reagan wiped out the USSR? Thank you for informing me – I always thought it was Yeltsin, Lukashenko, and what’s-his-name of Ukraine who did the job after Gorbachev started his utterly idiotic (though well-intentioned) perestroika cum glasnost policy of self-destruction.

    Regarding bet: if you don’t want to give me YOUR contact information, we can make it simply a running bet on your or my blog. The General vs. LaRussophobe.

    The winner will stop posting on Russian affairs ever since. In other words, if Georgia is not a NATO member by Jan 01, 2020, you will cease to ever post anything again on Russian affairs under the name LaRussophobe.

    If Georgia is a NATO member by Jan 01, 2020, I will never again post anything under the name General Khlynov on Russian affairs.

    Of course, a bet like this requires a minimum sense of honor, which I doubt you have.

    So, instead I’m willing to bet you $5,000 that Georgia will NOT be a NATO member by Jan 01, 2020.

    Send me an e-mail if you are interested.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    But quetion, you brainless freak, is WHY did Gorbachev start that policy. And the reason is because he, unlike you, was intelligent enough to realize that the cold war provoked by Russia had bankrupted the country and it could not longer fund the war and was going bankrupt. Gosh, you’re stupid.

    You can’t read either. We didn’t say we wanted to bet you and we never predicted Georgia was going to join NATO, we simply called for it to happen. We think it’s quite possible Russia will destroy Georgia rather than allow it into NATO, that’s just how crazy Russia’s government is. Or Russia might destroy itself, in which case there would be no need for Georgia to join NATO. Meanwhile, even without Georgia being in NATO, NATO has topped Russia from moving on Tbilisi. The leader Russia hates is still in power, and he’s getting massive US aid.

    You were issuing a public challenge, yet not allowing any member of the public to contact you. And the point was that you were to put $5,000 into escrow so you could be trusted to pay, nitwit.

    Are you really suggesting that you think we care whether you comment about Russia or not? Are you really suggesting you think that your stopping doing so and us doing it are the same? Are you that much of a demented ego manaic? It’s as if you suggesting putting up 25 cents to our million dollars.

  3. If Putin and Medvedev keep up their tag team games, Ukraine will be a full member by 2010. I’ll bet money on that. Dollars not your soft rubles.

  4. According to the NATO Charter, states joining it must not have any unresolved territorial disputes; therefore Georgia will have to say goodbye to South Ossetia and Abkhazia forever if it wishes to join. Likewise, even if the people of Ukraine are persuaded to join the NATO (according to public polls, at present two-thirds of it are against joining), it will have to part with Crimea and Donbass, populated mostly with ethnic Russians.

  5. To General Khlynov:

    Putin & Co were able to take over and do what they want with Russia because of the ineptitude the Republicans.
    With a democratic administration, a renewed confidence in the possible return of American competence will change things drastically.
    Nato members naturally feel more comfortable with a bright Harvard graduate than somebody who finished at the bottom of its class and went on to crash half a dozen planes. Reassured, I believe the Europeans might actually stand for themselves, Georgia and Ukraine.

  6. Eugene, Estonia and Latvia became members of NATO even with large Russian minorities and regions where Russians were the predominant majority (the Estonian North-East is over 90% Russian and Russian-speaking). Estonia did not have to give up these territories and Ukraine will not have to give up the Crimea and its Eastern territories. Georgia was more problematic as it did not control Abkhazia and South Ossetia for over a decade, and there were already Russian troops there.

  7. Return of American competence with a democrat in the White House, and Harvard grad just to soothe raw European nerves? Get Real!!! It’s the crazy socialist mentality and love for the nanny state that’ll drag everyone down to the same bottom rung Russia is clinging to. Man, Where have all the cowboys gone? Doesn’t anyone believe in self-reliance anymore?

  8. Learn russian and prey everyday.
    NATO did not allow russian army to enter Tbilisi?You mean the ships which were destroeyd by Russians in Poti?They stopped them?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: You mean entering Poti is the same as entering Tbilisi? We thought they were two different cities! You mean it is the same city, two different names?

    Idiot.

  9. You are idiot.Russians stopped by their own inititative.Noone stopped them even the ”heroic” georgian army which left Gori in the hope to be looed by the Russians and then show the pictures in TV.Russians are not idiots,they did not invade Gori or Tbilisi but they hit military targets and this is the harm they did.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: Liar. Russians killed many civilians in Gori and bombed apartment buildings. All the world knows this. Your neo-Soviet ignorance is truly mind-boggling. And Russia left the “criminal” in charge of Tbilisi. It’s total failure, forced by NATO, which is now offering billions in aid to this “criminal” Russia cannot stop.

  10. La Russophobe don’t get paranoid.Russians conducted low flights in the day in order to hit military targets with precision.NATO planes do bombardments during night and from height but they are relying on high technology for precision. The Russians have no interest in killing civilians because then TV will show the victims and Saakashvili will become more popular. Russians are interested in military targets,not even infrastructure.They did not bomb factories. They seized Poti in order to sink the battleships there.They took control of many military bases,destroyed arms etc.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: You’re just repeating the Kremlin’s propaganda lies, and your suggestion that Russia never acts irrationally is insane.

  11. The russian propaganda does not talk about low flights,bombing military targets etc.Of course they don’t act irrationally.Unpredictably yes,but not irrationally.They don’t want you to understand them,why should you?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: So you think it was rational for Khruschev to take off his shoe? For Russians to elect a proud KGB spy? You think the USSR destroyed itself on purpose? If you think those things, you are truly a demented neo-Soviet lunatic.

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