Palin's First Passport Issued in 2006
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.