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Palin’s First Passport Issued in 2006

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Posted on Sep 5, 2008
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Apparently undeterred by Sarah Palin’s challenging stance from the RNC podium Wednesday night, The Boston Globe and other media outlets went about their business of vetting Palin’s past, as with any other public figure who aspires to play a major leadership role on the world stage. As it turns out, Palin’s own experience on said world stage has thus far been rather limited.


The Boston Globe:

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin got her first passport in 2006 and has visited just four countries, and has had little involvement in her state’s cross-border issues, raising questions about her supporters’ assertions that Alaska’s proximity to Russia has given her unique experience on foreign affairs.

In seeking to demonstrate the first-term Alaska governor’s readiness to be John McCain’s second-in-command, campaign officials have maintained that Palin has had to deal with unusual security challenges and a variety of diplomatic and trade issues in a state sandwiched between Russia and Canada.

However, a review of Palin’s 20 months in office shows that aside from overseeing the National Guard’s state-level emergency missions, as all governors do, the first-term governor played no role in any territorial defense or other national defense operations involving military forces.

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By Maani, September 6, 2008 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

Jason:

You are apparently not conversant with the U.S. government.

Governors are indeed the “head” of their state, but their “power” is solely within their state.  As well, a governor has ONLY “executive” power, but zero LEGISLATIVE power.  And it is legislation that affects PEOPLE; NOT the “executive decisions” of a governor re administrative functions.

Obama was first a State Senator for 8 years.  In that regard, he had as much LEGISLATIVE power as a governor has EXECUTIVE power.  He authored bills, voted on bills, and fought for the INDIVIDUAL constituents of his district.  A governor does not fight for INDIVIDUALS, but for the state as a whole.

Obama has now been a U.S. Senator for almost three years.  In that regard, he has even greater LEGISLATIVE power, since the bills he authors, co-authors and votes on can, and often do, affect THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.  As well, he sits on a number of Senate committees, including Foreign Affairs.  In that regard, he has a “clearance” that no governor is permitted re intelligence information, and is integrally involved in many important foreign affair matters.

To suggest that the mayor of a town of 7,000 is equal to the State Senator of a district with over 800,000 people is prima facie absurd.  And to suggest that the governor of the 47th most populous state is equal to a U.S. Senator from the 5th most populous state is equally absurd.

As well, “executive” experience is not the sole qualification for the presidency (or the vice presidency).  In fact, an “executive” (i.e., corporate-minded) president was “coronated” by the Supreme Court in 2000 and re-elected in 2004.  And that hasn’t worked out very well.

Rather, Obama has a combination of some executive experience (admittedly, perhaps, not as much as Palin “technically”) and over 10 years of legislative experience - something which Palin has zero of - which will help him get his policies through Congress.

Finally, as a U.S. Senator who has traveled EXTENSIVELY throughout the world (and had done so even prior to becoming a U.S. Senator) - and particular one on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee - Obama has so much more foreign policy knowledge and experience that it is ludicrous to put Palin in the same sentence, much less the same league.

Peace.

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By thebeerdoctor, September 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

There is no need to argue the qualifications of Governor Palin. The state of Alaska has less of a population than the county I reside in. Her appeal has nothing to do with being qualified. Her appeal is all about damning those who these supporters do not like: minorities, Hollywood, the “media elite”, ecologists, feminists, intellectuals, and let us not forget, godless secular humanists.
The rather unctuous Hockey Mom has become their poster girl, who strikes back at all that they loathe. Her sarcastic remarks at the Republican National Convention provides the red meat ridicule they so desperately seek.
In a universe practically devoid of intelligent thought, it is not surprising that Sarah Palin has become the latest media star.

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By jason, September 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin has at least been a head of state.What has your messiah ran?The way I see it her lack of experience is still more than what Obama has done,he’s just a smooth teleprompter reader.Somebody should do a side by side list if they want to compare the careers of a person running for VP and president.Seems like the leftist are worried when they are comparing the VP candidate to the Pres candidate.I know my sentences are jumbled and all over the place but I go crazy reading these sites!!!!

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By Maani, September 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

R.W.:

You really are something.  The link you provided to that article does more to UNDERMINE your pro-Palin argument than support it.  It shows that she herself rarely if ever made a decision to send even the Alaksa N.G. ANYWHERE, but merely “signed off” on most deployments.  That is hardly “experience.”

And providing security for a marathon does not count in my book as a serious “deployment” of the ANG.

Peace.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

Her first passport is 2 years old…that makes her a foreign policy expert.

I got my first passport in 1971.  It expired while I was a student in Belgium in 1976 and I had to get it renewed at the Brussels US Consulate. That one expired in 1986, but I was able to get it renewed in 1987 for our honeymoon.  The next one expired in 1997 and I renewed it again ASAP.  That one expired in 2007 and I renewed it yet again.  That’s 6 passports to Palin’s one. I specialized in diplomatic history in college and grad school.

That means, despite never having held public office, I’m ‘WAY more qualified in foreign relations than Palin will be in 10 years…but nobody’s asking me to be Veep!

There’s 88 gazillion people more qualified than Sarah Palin to be VP, but McCain didn’t select any of them.

BTW, when George Bush, back in 2000, had NO idea who the new “President” (ie, dictator) was, I looked at the screen and said “Don’t you know it’s Musharrif, you ignoramous?”  And George W. Bush has never astonished me by the depth and breadth of his ignorance and stupidity.

Yet 63 million idiots voted to put shackles on themselves and impoverish themselves AGAIN in 2004, when they had had 4 years to see what a fascist dolt he was.

And here we go again.

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By RightWing, September 6, 2008 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment

Spin it how you like, She is still the boss where her approval rating is 80%,

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By RightWing, September 6, 2008 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

http://www.adn.com/politics/story/515499.html, there you go maanie, that is the story of N.O. as Gov. still has the final say for state wide use of the Guard

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By tyler, September 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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who cares if she went to kuwait, that doesnt change the fact that she had her first passport issued in ‘06, that’s hilarious!  i’ve been to more countries in the last 6 months than shes ever been to in her life! and i’m a little more than half her age!  pathetic.  its no wonder america on the whole is oblivious to the world if thats the kind of person selected to be a vice presidential candidate, are you serious!!  you know whats even worse?  as much as i hate to say it, they’re gonna win.  elections in the US are a big charade and stopped mattering a long time ago.

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By rikkikoko, September 6, 2008 at 11:00 am Link to this comment
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You know that many comments in support of the republican ticket and surely all of the people at the RNC convention proves that the No Child Left Behind program is a failure. We can send our beloved children to foreign countries to fight wars against peoples that never lifted a finger to harm us in perpetuity.

Are you so mired in your narrow ways that that is the best you can hope for and do?

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By Maani, September 6, 2008 at 8:04 am Link to this comment

R.W.:

“First what I meant was she went to Kuwait to visit the the troops , then come back to pass laws to benifit them, that came from an interview with the commanding General of the guard in Alaska, as did the story of the Guard C-17s going to N.O.. It was released last night, so look a litle later today, you might find it.”

No, what you meant was: I’m a rightwing troll who will make up anything to provoke a response.  It is now midday on Saturday, and there is still ZERO evidence that she “passed laws” to benefit the troops, or that she sent a “C-17” to New Orleans.

You are transparent.

Peace.

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By Andrew, September 6, 2008 at 5:46 am Link to this comment
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Mrs. Palin was selected for one thing only - to provide an outlet for the hate filled, self congratulating, sanctimonious, and ignorant segments of the American electorate to cast their votes.  That the chattering classes label her as stupid or having a thin CV misses the point entirely.  For her aficionados, HER PAST DOESN’T MATTER because they like her for WHAT SHE WILL DO.  She offers them the possibility to realise their dreams.  That is what this article and the Democratic Party abjectly fail to realise.  Mrs Palin’s appeal lies not in whether she can articulate policies for the country but as a catalyst to crystallise the forces of division and HATE.  The fact she didn’t have a passport until 2006 ENHANCES HER STREET CRED.

Americans glorified in the doings of the Bush Administration even though those policies bankrupted the country and made it universally loathed: bullying France and Russia, seeking conflict with Iran, destroying Iraq, destabilising Venezuela, interfering in the domestic electoral politics of Ukraine, pitting Poland against France and Germany, and picking fights everywhere.  This provides a visceral thrill to the American psyche.

Perhaps the most expedient way to end this unquenchable thirst for power and conflict is for the USA to pass through the experience of Germany.  Not to vote for Obama or fight against Palin, but rather follow this logic to its ultimate end:  Embrace Palin and McCain so that she and her senile septuagenarian can get control of and finish the magnificent self-destructive policies Bush and Cheney have wrought upon the country – in constitutional as well as financial terms. 

Only when the American middle class is euthanized into serfdom (credit card debts, no bankruptcy laws, no health care, no university education…), freedom abrogated, the country bankrupt, will Americans understand what the Republicans are all about - looting the state coffers, destroying the State, and cutting loose the portions of the populace that they look down upon and find noisome.

Mrs Palin refers to all the “hardworking Americans raising food”:  Wake up! There are no family farms.  They’re agribusiness concerns hiring illegal immigrants to toil in chemical infested fields and die with no health care.  Another statement which provides a satisfying gut feeling but which is meaningless and designed to misinform.

Those who will vote for Mrs Palin and McCain and enable this are those who will be its very victims.

As for the ills and wrongs the USA has inflicted on other countries, well, “they’re wogs and don’t count.” (PS to Britain: this applies to you too since you all have rotting teeth and are wimps.  That’s why we rejected your food aid for Katrina.  Sorry.).

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By RightWing, September 6, 2008 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

First what I meant was she went to Kuwait to visit the the troops , then come back to pass laws to benifit them, that came from an interview with the commanding General of the guard in Alaska, as did the story of the Guard C-17s going to N.O.. It was released last night, so look a litle later today, you might find it.

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By VietnamVet, September 6, 2008 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

Four countries? Stop overs do not count! You never get out of the terminal. I think it is more like two at most!

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By thebeerdoctor, September 6, 2008 at 3:52 am Link to this comment

re: Blackspeare

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when…”

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By rybo, September 6, 2008 at 1:27 am Link to this comment

Like most Americans, at last count, only 16% have passports, if indeed it’s that high. So, the vast majority of Americans, like Palin, have little first hand experience of the world in general and have a parochial “were #1” mentality. Palin I suspect, like the vast majority of Americans, experience the rest of the world via the corporate media news. Like John Stewart said: “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”

So, the less experienced and the dumber these candidates are, the more Americans will vote for them. Just look at the lug-nut whose been in office for the last eight years and brought America to world disdain and financial ruin. McCain and Palin would be the perfect “dunderheads” to put in office and bring on a continuation of America’s downward spiral.

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By nativechef, September 5, 2008 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment

Rightwing

The Governor of a state only has the power to mobilize the state National Guard within the confines of it’s states boarders.  So the claim that Palin sent troops to Kuwait is false. Her going there was a photo op.  As for the relief effort in New Orleans, FEMA requested additional boots on the ground and Alaska just happen to have a surplus, right along with the addition 7,000 troops that mobilized out of California.  While on the powers of the governor, at present Palin is not governing the state of Alaska the Lt. Governor is, she’s out on the stump.  A simple lesson in Civics might have played well here.  I’m guessing that program got cut in your local high school due to “no child left behind”.  Another failed policy of the Republican administration. 

As for the “pitbull in lipstick”.  Don’t get to worked up over the hype she brings to the republican ticket.  She’s on her own come Monday and when the Media finally gets to vet her the way they have vetted McCain and Obama we’ll see how well she does as the cheerleader.  Especially when the media start asking her questions based upon the fact checking.  From what I’m hearing the McCain camp won’t even consider letting her anywhere near the National press for at least two weeks.  We all know how quickly the press can take the wind out of someones sails.  My gut tells me the McCain camp will be crying foul (sexism) before the third day. 

Remember…..If you can’t dazzle them with foot work, then baffle them with bullshit…....  I’m not seeing any foot work here, so it must be bullshit.

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By Maani, September 5, 2008 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

RightWing:

It’s a good thing someone here (me) does their homework; you are an outright liar.

Yes, Palin went to Kuwait.  But there is absolutely not one shred of evidence that she came back and “passed laws to get them what they want.”  In fact, how would the governor of a STATE pass a law re foreign affairs and aid (which are federal laws)?

Also, there is not one shred of evidence to support your claim that she “sent a guard C-17 loaded with Airman and 2 rescue Helicopters to New Orleans to help out there…”  Not a single article or reference anywhere.

You might want to start backing up your claims with some evidence or you will simply be proving yourself another right-wing troll who will say anything to provoke.

Peace.

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By Blackspeare, September 5, 2008 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

Is it me or does McCain look 10 years younger when standing next to Sarah Palin!?

Reminds me of a final line in an old movie; “Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!”

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By RightWing, September 5, 2008 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

When she got that passport she went to Kuwait to visit the troops she sent there, found out what they needed, then passed laws to get them what they want,But she is just a Governor, Last week she sent a guard C-17 loaded with Airman and 2 rescue Helicopters to New Orleans to help out there, but she is just a Governor.. and that is what   , leadership is about, compare that to the Illinois Governor, you know where Obama had all his training, in political corruption.

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By troublesum, September 5, 2008 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Remember last time around we didn’t have any right to know anything about fearless leader’s military exploits?  It’s a republican thing.

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By yoshua, September 5, 2008 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

Why should Sarah Palin be any different than anyone ells in Washington. 

If the American public is that stupid, they will beleive every thing that is be said.

We all need to read and listen more.

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