Palin: Is She or Isn't She Ready to Lead?

The media has always wondered why Sarah Palin has not been granting interviews and why her speeches are nothing more than excerpts of her famous convention speech, reportedly written, by the administration's speech writers. This is despite the numerous controversial issues that she is muddled in along and her supporters' clamor to prove that although inexperienced, she is actually capable to lead. McCain's campaign manager has said, "She's not scared to answer questions." He added that Palin will "agree to an interview when we think it's time and when she feels comfortable doing it."

On September 11th, all the wondering is finally laid to rest. Palin granted her first interview to ABC's Charlie Gibson. Grilled on issues on national security, policy and governance, Palin was finally given a chance to prove her detractors wrong... or fortunately (or unfortunately depending on which side you're rooting for) right.

The following are excerpts from the "unedited" version of the interview. These remarks need no further commentary as they ably speak on their own as gauge for the competence for the woman strongly purported to be one of the major leaders of the most powerful country in the world.
GIBSON: Have you ever met a foreign head of state?
PALIN: There in the state of Alaska, our international trade activities bring in many leaders of other countries.
GIBSON: And all governors deal with trade delegations.
PALIN: Right.
GIBSON: Who act at the behest of their governments.
PALIN: Right, right.
GIBSON: I'm talking about somebody who's a head of state, who can negotiate for that country. Ever met one?
PALIN: I have not and I think if you go back in history and if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that I just gave you. But, Charlie, again, we've got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody's big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they've had
GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?
PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?
GIBSON: The Bush -- well, what do you -- what do you interpret it to be?
PALIN: His world view.
GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.
PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that's the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.
GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?
PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.
GIBSON: Do we have the right to be making cross-border attacks into Pakistan from Afghanistan, with or without the approval of the Pakistani government?
PALIN: Now, as for our right to invade, we're going to work with these countries, building new relationships, working with existing allies, but forging new, also, in order to, Charlie, get to a point in this world where war is not going to be a first option. In fact, war has got to be, a military strike, a last option.
GIBSON: But, Governor, I'm asking you: We have the right, in your mind, to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government.
PALIN: 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: And let me finish with this. I got lost in a blizzard of words there. Is that a yes? That you think we have the right to go across the border with or without the approval of the Pakistani government, to go after terrorists who are in the Waziristan area?
PALIN: I believe that America has to exercise all options in order to stop the terrorists who are hell bent on destroying America and our allies. We have got to have all options out there on the table.

As much interpretation are coming out as to whether the interview bombed or if it was a success, I still say that if biases were to be taken out, then you will be shake your head with me and marvel at how Palin can be passed off as Vice-Presidential candidate and how she was able to rake in the numbers by sheer charm alone, enough to boost McCain to be the leading candidate at the polls at the moment, even when she has no solid know-how on governance.

To this, Matt Damon put it succinctly when he said:

"I think there's a really good chance Sarah Palin could become president, and I think that's a really scary thing... I think the pick was made for political purposes... Do the actuary tables and there's a one out of three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it'll be President Palin... It's like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, you know, 'oh, I'm just a hockey mom'... and she's facing down President Putin... It's totally absurd... it's a really terrifying possibility... I need to know if she really think that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that, I really do. Because she's gonna have the nuclear codes."

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  2. Natutuwa ako sayo parekoy. You know what, we have the same opinion about US politics. At least, I'm not the only PLU who's interested in global affairs.

  3. @Yffar: I salute your effort to start a LGBT community for Pinoy bloggers and I am totally supportive of it. I cannot commit though to creating an exclusive "gay" content as I like writing about a variety of topics. But all the same, just as Mugen said on his blog, you can also count on me to help out if I can.

  4. nice very informative! :P

    tnx for the visit

  5. Palin is controversial now... hays... i encountered a poll implying that she was an MILF. hahaha! im not so much into politics. dahil siguro narepress na ng corruption ang interes ko sa pulitika.. hehehe!


    thanks for dropping by. nakapunta kana sa page ko. hindi mo lang maalala... :)

  6. palin is a better VP than baden in terms of ability and more specially as a political machinery for the nov race

  7. I saw parts of the Charlie Gibson interview on the Today Show and I have to say I was quite disappointed with her. I will reserve my full judgement until I get to "know" her fairly well.

  8. UGH, I just don't know anymore, my head is all kinds of fucked up over this whole election. I will say though, I HATE Matt Damon! LOL



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