Dispatches from the Creation Wars

McCain Pulls Palin’s Pakistan Position

To paraphrase Albert Brooks’ wonderful character in Broadcast News, that’s a lot of alliteration for anxious authors placed in powerful posts. Just to show you how prepared Palin is on foreign policy, the first statement she’s actually made about any foreign policy issues other than platitudes was to support Barack Obama’s (and Bush’s) position on Pakistan and contradict McCain’s:

Saturday night, while on a stop for cheesesteaks in South Philadelphia, Palin was questioned by a Temple graduate student about whether the U.S. should cross the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

“If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should,” Palin said.


And here’s the best part. Not only did McCain have to retract that statement, he says it’s the media’s fault for actually listening to what she said:

Sen. John McCain retracted Sarah Palin’s stance on Pakistan Sunday morning, after the Alaska governor appeared to back Sen. Barack Obama’s support for unilateral strikes inside Pakistan against terrorists

“She would not…she understands and has stated repeatedly that we’re not going to do anything except in America’s national security interest,” McCain told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos of Palin. “In all due respect, people going around and… sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that’s–that’s a person’s position… This is a free country, but I don’t think most Americans think that that’s a definitve policy statement made by Governor Palin.”

Yeah! How dare the media listen to what she says at photo ops that the campaign invites them to! And how dare they think that the person he wants to put a chicken bone away from the most powerful position in the entire world might actually have a coherent position on an important issue and be capable of expressing that opinion when asked about it! We media people are just a bunch a bunch of big meanies.

Apparently she only means what she says if it is prefaced by “this is a definitive policy statement.” Maybe this is like the political version of the Pope only being infallible when he’s speaking “ex cathedra.”