Sarah Palin Needs a Better Set of Foreign Policy Advisers

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:15 am

Just up on her Facebook page, this critique of the Obama administration’s approach to dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

The Obama administration has their priorities exactly backwards; we should be working with our friend and democratic ally to stop Iran’s nuclear program, not throwing in the towel on sanctions while treating Israel like an enemy.

Typical misleading invective on the U.S.-Israel relationship is one thing, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton confronted at AIPAC last week. But “throwing in the towel” on Iran sanctions? Hours after Obama gave a schedule for Iran sanctions in a joint statement with Nicholas Sarzoky of France?

My hope is that we are going to get this done this spring. So I’m not interested in waiting months for a sanctions regime to be in place; I’m interested in seeing that regime in place in weeks. And we are working diligently with our international partners, emphasizing to them that, as Nicolas said, this is not simply an issue of trying to isolate Iran; it has enormous implications for the safety and the security of the entire region. We don’t want to see a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

That’s from the transcript of yesterday afternoon’s joint appearance at the White House, emailed to reporters about six hours before Palin’s Facebook post. The New York Times even has a piece headlined “Obama Expects Iran Sanctions Soon.” I suppose Palin can always argue that whatever set of sanctions is ultimately placed on Iran by the U.S. and its allies aren’t “real” sanctions, since that’s the luxury an governor who quits has. But it’s impossible to say Obama threw in the towel on sanctions when the timetable for those sanctions accelerates.

It’s tax time. Palin might want to check how many billable hours her foreign policy aide Randy Scheunemann is charging her for this stuff.

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fgfm
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

Fact don't matter with these people. I was arguing with some teabagger on Twitter who claimed that I was mentally ill after I pointed out that Obama did actually meet with Netanyahu contrary to him claim that he didn't.


monkey99
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

It's the enforced ignorance Fox noise propounds on it's viewers. I fail to see how this network is number one, unless they just can't get enough of being scared out of their minds by a bunch of cranks and toilers.

Reality and truth were the first casualties of that network.

Palin still thinks the rapture is coming. I wonder if she still thinks she's the one who will bring it. LOL!


Deo
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

$arah is in the habit of saying “WHATEVER”. Here base doesn't exactly check, they just parrot this idiot like it is holy gospel. $arah knows once it is out there it IS out there and it sticks. She doesn't have to KNOW anything, She just follows her dangerous and irresponsible script.


John Carpenter
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

Mr. Ackerman, perhaps you need to take off thew blinders and admit what everyone knows: any talk about sanctions against Iran is meaningless unless China is on board since China has been the strongest pro-Iran ally who possesses veto power in the U.N.

As far as Palin's advisors go, what's your beef against Dan Blumentahal? Any talk about sanctions against Iran must consider U.S.-Sino relations and Blumenthal has worked on national security implications of U.S.-Sino relations, particulalrly the national security implications of the economic relationship between the U.S. and China. He also has worked in the Secretary of Defense's Office of International Security Affairs focusing on China, Mongolia, and Taiwan.

So, please, until you get that nothing gets done until the U.S. gets China on board, spare us the bush league, armchair lectures on foreign policy. And Deo, the fact that she has Blumenthal advising her on relations with China shoots down your doesn't-even-pass-the-laugh-test that she just “follows her dangerous and irresponsible script.”

Finally, Monkey99: You're not mentally ill just somewhat paranoid. What exactly is “enforced ignorance”? Is this a covert operation implemented by Roger Ailes?

I don't scare easily but people like you who see everything as plots by Fox, Palin, and “Neocons” do have me sleeping with the lights on lately.

I guess it's true: to the man whose only tool is a hammer, every problem
is seen in terms of a nail.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

But Sarah Palin thinks the fact that Russian aircraft sometimes invaded Alaskan airspace that gave her foreign policy experience. That and trade missions that came to Alaska. Well, then, I guess I have just as much foreign policy experience as she does because those planes flew over the same airspace she and I occupied and I met with some of those who came over in trade missions (long before she did). Other than that, she knows next to nothing and unless someone in the White House is sharing info with her that is part of what the public doesn't know (very doubtful) Sarah Palin doesn't know crap. She has no business opening her mouth about stuff she wouldn't have a clue about. She is an idiot. I know- up close and personal.


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lyris
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

palin needs a brain.


lyris
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

Why bother arguing with a teabagger? It's the same as arguing with a tree stump.


lyris
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

fnc's claims are very misleading. They poll well as a cable network, but when you take into account how many Americans DON'T listen to fnc compared to how many fools do, you wouldn't be impressed either.


monkey99
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

I've said it before, Palin's popularity will come back and bite her in the a**. She continually makes scurrilous claims, trying to be some kind of “messiah”, or something, but her crap doesn't stand the light of day with those who THINK. It's funny how the devotees of Fox accuse the rest of us of not thinking.

It's just the zombies who will be very disappointed when they realize just how much of a shill she actually is.


MYReAgan
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

I'm so sick of this Palin clown and Fox news brain washing. America has become a moron state.


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nineteen80snore
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

check this: Palin said that tea baggers should stop cars with Obama stickers on them and ask “how's that hopey changey thing workin' out for ya?”

here is a video of how I think this will play out

http://nineteen80snore.com/2010/03/31/hows-that…


monkey99
Comment posted March 31, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

I'm not telling YOU not to listen or watch her. Go ahead, it's a free country, but I'm not so stupid to think this woman has anything of substance to bring to anything she pokes her nose into.

Her “death panel” claims were the defining moment for Palin, and she was wrong-like so many other things she's been wrong about. Her claims of “lame stream media” are scurrilous, too. THINK man, when you have only one source of information, how do you know it's veracity? You don't. Palin capitalizes on that.

Paranoia? That's Palin's stock-in-trade, as well as Fox noise. Since she works for them now, she's no more than a cheap shill for the zombified masses that hold Fox as the “beacon” of “truth”. Laughable.

I also don't scare easily. I would like a bit more common sense in dialogue, which Palin continually slaps down with her cute colloquialisms. Have you ever seen her take a stand for longer than the time it takes for her to regurgitate what she's now famous for? She's no debater.

You can support her if you like, but don't be critical of anyone who sees through her brand of crap because we aren't taken in by “you betcha”. It takes just a little more than that to be taken seriously.


Patrick
Comment posted April 1, 2010 @ 3:49 am

Here's the part of Palin's note that you conveniently left out, which leaves your article a *tad* dishonest and misleading:

>>While President Obama once said a nuclear-armed Iran would be “unacceptable,” after more than a year in office it’s sobering to have to acknowledge that his administration has made no progress in implementing “crippling” sanctions on Iran, let alone halting Iran’s nuclear program. Even the rhetoric moved in the wrong direction – recently the administration downgraded their call for “crippling” sanctions to sanctions that “bite.” Shockingly, as we learned last week, these “biting” sanctions will no longer include actions that could actually change Iran’s behavior, including limiting Iran’s access to international capital markets and banking services or closing air space and waters to Iran’s national air and shipping lines. So the issue is not when the so-called sanctions will come (President Obama promised them in “weeks” today) but whether they will even “nibble.”<<

Next time, try not to manipulate information in *your* note.


John Carpenter
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 1:01 am

Where did I say I watched Fox? (Although I have watched “24″ and “House”.

But Let's stay on point:

I'm questioning your definition of “enforced ignorance”. What is it? Who is perpetrating it? And who enforces it?

Ad hominems directed at Palin are not an answer, so why don't you try again?

1. What is “enforced ignorance”?
2. Who is enforcing it?
3. And in what way is the enforcement experienced by victims?

If that's too much for you to do, I'll dumb it down for you: Who would be a better advisor to Palin about foreign policy with respect to China than Dan Blumenthal?


John Carpenter
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 1:26 am

You remind me of the arrogant attorney who tried to prove Henry Ford was an ignorant man during a trail in which Ford was the plaintiff in a defamation suit. Like so many–including monkey99–you confuse intellectualism with “education”. As a matter of fact the root latin word of education is “educo”, which means to draw out or to develope from within. Education, therefore, as defined today is far removed from its classical roots–but back to Ford.

Ford brought suit against a Chicago newspaper that called him an ignorant, uneducated pacifist. He voluntarily elected to take the stand to field questions form the considerably better-educated and more intelligent defense attorneys.

Ford was subjected to numerous questions–all intending to prove that with the exception of manufacturing cars, he was basically ignorant.

“Who was Benedict Arnold?”

“How many soldiers did the British send over to America to put down the Rebellion of 1776?”

Ford wasn't familiar with the name of the infamous traitor but he answered the second question:

“I do not know the exact number of soldiers the British sent over, but I have heard that it was a considerably larger number than ever went back,”
he said.

Point, Ford the ignorant.

And so it went.

Finally, Ford tired of the badgering and In response to a particularly offensive question, pointed his finger at the lawyer who asked the question and said, “If I should really want to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid people who can answer any question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me why I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have people around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”

NO president of the 20th century took office as a foreign-policy expert, or an expert in energy, finance, civil rights, or in any specialized area of knowledge where brilliance in a particular area was needed. That is what the cabinet is for.

On the contrary: the most “brilliant” men have made the greatest blunders. It was Kennedy who brought America to the brink of nuclear war; Carter who is considered one of the century's most ineffectual leaders, and Bill Clinton who put, after Nixon's crimes, the greatest stain–no pun intended–on the Presidency.

Put simply: Palin only need know, like any lawyer, surgeon, or CEO where to go to pick the best brains.

You asked about my foreign policy knowledge. Fire away. Give me a few hours to make a few calls and I will blind you with brilliance, none of which I can claim as my own.


youmustbejoking
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 2:34 am

I don't recall asking about your foreign policy experience nor did I claim to be a foreign policy expert myself. I do happen to know Sarah Palin and I absolutely know I wouldn't want her anywhere near the Oval office, even to clean it. She is incapable of leading this country and the kind of people that would be pulling her strings are not people I would want in charge either.

How you managed to get your entire rant from my comments, I am not quite sure. I quoted Sarah Palin's actual words and how, since I lived there too, I must have the same experience. Having lived in the formerly pretty little town she destroyed and having been forced to listen to her absolute nonsense every time a debate took place if I wanted to hear the other contenders and because she is like an STD that just won't go away, I think I have a right to express my Alaskan opinion. As an American I have a right to express my opinion. I know what I know and what I have seen from Palin. I know she would be a huge mistake for this country. You are free to drink whatever kool-aid you wish. I won't be partaking of that brand.


monkey99
Comment posted April 2, 2010 @ 6:43 am

Enforced ignorance is when people like Palin screech “lame-stream media”, and work for the network that consistently edit-for-content their news. If you watched Fox (I'm glad you don't, I'm not “talking” to a zombie, but maybe you should try it, then you'll see what I'm talking about), there is a distinct difference in the way they disseminate news. In a sense, it isn't the “gloom and doom” you find on other cable networks. Now, compare that with the other cable networks, and it's obvious people will gravitate toward that which doesn't have a tendency to depress them. Add to it the fact that they will watch other shows on that network, and !voila! You are being “conditioned”. By the likes of Glenn Beck, O'Reilly and Hannity, with their brand of “all-American” Ideology. They don't depress, they frighten.
I'm not a psycologist, but it's easy enough to see. These poor souls won't watch any other programming. They make statements and offer opinions that are one-sided, and in some cases, totally ignorant. That they won't watch other outlets, for a more rounded view, makes it enforced, and Palin is part of that.

Who would be better? No one. Palin doesn't need to stick her nose into state business. She's ill-equipped to do anything. My opinion of her is not good, as she is a divider. She has a very skewed view of America, and the world, and I don't agree with it. She is a danger to this nation. You may find that paranoid, but her divisiveness causes fear. THAT IS easy enough to see. Evidence her “death panel” claims. Sure, it was started by Betsy McCaughey, a shill for the HII, but why would Palin parrot that nonsense? There are better ways to get a message across that you don't like HCR.
That she sticks her nose into foreign policy is damaging, as well. She hasn't the intellect to know what is good OR bad for this country, in regard to that.

Blumenthal may be good at foreign policy, We need good advisors on China and Iran, but I do know that Palin doesn't need to be involved. That's what we have Hillary for.

I try to stay abreast of these issues, I do watch Fareed Zakaria. HE is an objective “authority” on foreign policy. At least I think so.


rational thoughts
Comment posted April 15, 2010 @ 5:06 am

Why bother taking her seriously? She doesn't need to say the facts.

She's figured out that she gets paid a lot more to be a performer than a public servant. It's why she quit as her part time job of Governor of Alaska: why bother when you've found a better paying gig?

Figure it out. Hate Sells. It's why Glenn Beck makes the big bucks. He doesn't give a damn about anything except how much money is padding is wallet, how many books he can sell, and how many hours he can syndicate.

Palin's rhetoric? It's a matter of economics. As long as spewing fear and hate get her more money than keeping the promises she made to the people of Alaska, she'll follow the cash flow. She's probably glad that McCain lost. It's given her the opportunity to become a very famous, very rich woman: a celebrity.


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