Palin threatens Russia

September 11, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Posted in U.S. Politics | 4 Comments
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After refusing to grant any interviews with the national media for a whole two weeks after being named as nominee for Vice President, people started asking of Sarah Palin “If she can’t stand up to the scrutiny from the American press, how can we expect her to stand up to Vladimir Putin?” Well, it turns out she can do both at once. In this, her first major interview, she stands up to the scrutiny of the American press by… threatening war with Russia. Well, at least she can multi-task.

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.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the garden, building a bomb shelter.



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  1. Miliband only stopped short of the possibility of “all out war”. I’m more concerned about McCain’s desire to dismantle the UN really.

  2. Maybe I’m too complacent, but I’ve always thought the whole ‘dismantling the UN’ thing to be one of those pipe dreams that plenty of conservatives talk about but never get anywhere near accomplishing. Like have the Supreme Court overturn Rove vs Wade or abolishing the Department of Education. Sure, it’s a neocon-pleasing promise, but I suspect that global realpolitic will put an end to the idea.

  3. Sure, but the arguments against this plan are also the reasons why it won’t ever happen. McCain can try to institute a ‘league of democracies’ if he likes, but he’s still entirely dependent not just on other countries joining this group, but joining and withdrawing their support for the UN. I suspect that McCain has probably harboured more stupid ideas in his time, but I doubt he’s ever harboured one less plausible than this.

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