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Sarah Palin Needs a Better Set of Foreign Policy Advisers

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

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 31, 2010

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.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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