September 21, 2008

Sarah Palin's Lack of Foreign-Policy Experience.

Well, it's appalling. All she's done is:

• On the hugely important natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the Lower 48, Palin renegotiated a pipeline deal people had all but given up on—left in tatters by her predecessor: she played hardball with three big petroleum companies, and forced them to deal with her on Alaska's terms, rather than their own. (These are organizations whose GDPs are bigger than that of most of the world's countries.) Palin got concessions from them to benefit the people of her state.

&bull To get the natural gas pipeline going, she also had to negotiate among several governments, including: (1) others within the state government, (2) the federal government, (4) the Canadian federal government, (5) several Canadian provincial governments, and (6) several Native American nations (sovereign nations, mind you) in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as (7) other West Coast state governments within the U.S.

• Palin has also dealt with the Federal government in the operation of its missile defenses, which are located in Alaska. These are one of the most pivotal elements within our national defense; they remain on high alert 24 hours a day (unlike other missile-defense facilities), and her role in coordinating these forward defenses makes her privy to military briefings that are highly sensitive—probably more so than those received by any other state governor.

• Governor Palin is, furthermore, in charge of the Alaska National Guard—which means she has been responsible for deploying troops to Iraq. Furthermore, she was proactive enough to visit groups of Alaska's guardsmen and -women who were stationed in Kuwait, to keep morale up and to see first-hand what some of the conditions were that they were dealing with—as well as what kind of training they were getting as the bases there.

• Palin has served as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors, Chair of the Alaska Gas and Conservation Commission, and Chair of the National Governors Association Natural Resources Committee. She is currently Chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which is an intergovernmental body comprising the governments of Alaska and several other states.

To give credit where credit is due, Barack Obama had to walk a tightrope between pleasing Chicago's traditional Democratic party machine (to which his wife has close ties) and catering to the "community's" far-left extremists, of both the Black Supremacy stripe and the dyed-in-the-wool Marxist bent. True, there was no multi-billion-dollar natural-gas pipeline at stake, but I'm sure it affected a lot of votes among Chicago's residents and their pets/dearly departed/ancestors. So it isn't like the man can't practice diplomacy.

I guess it's more a question of which negotiations are tougher: the ones Obama conducted with grant writers and dead people, or the ones Sarah Palin accomplished with provincial, Federal, Canadian national, and state governments, and with huge petroleum/national gas companies.

Bit of a tough choice, huh? Six one way, half-dozen the other . . .

Posted by Attila Girl at September 21, 2008 02:23 AM | TrackBack

Just so you know, most of the "international" experience you list is in fact national. Exept Canada and deploying troops to Iraq. You can't in any way claim to have international experience if you've only had a passport for a year

Posted by: Natalie at September 30, 2008 01:48 AM

I have lived in Alaska for 28 years and I am very proud of our Governor and the role she is playing in the Presidential Election. She is not your normal politician and many people have bad mouthed her for her lack of experience or qualifications.....for being president. She is in fact running for VP and not president, though I know it could happen.

Governor Sarah Palin has in fact more Executive Branch experience than all the other major candidates combined. Many people think that running a state is nothing like running the nation, but in all honesty I see little difference, especially when it comes to Alaska.

People question how she might deal with foreign nations, just look at how she has dealt with Big Oil here in Alaska. These oil companies (which are for the most part foreign entities) have more power and money than many nations.

I was talking with my aunt the other day about this very thing because she just recently wrote a book called "Sarah Takes On Big Oil" which covers the Governor's interaction with Big Oil. My aunt has been a long time publisher of Alaska Petroleum News which covers the Alaska Oil Industry.

Before you question Governor Sarah Palin's qualifications, I suggest you visit and see for yourself the impact she has had and the experience she brings to the ticket.

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