September 26, 2008

i don't know, you know?

I'm not really a believer in the theory that clarity of thought and clarity of expression always go hand in hand. On the other hand, consider this:
Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-...boundary that we have with ..Canada. It...it's funny that a comment like that was ...kinda made to … cari-...I don't know, you know … Reporters....

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.

Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…

Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.

Update: Just in case you're struggling to interpret Gov. Palin's answers. The Times asked Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, to clarify her comments: “Russian incursions near Alaskan airspace have occurred and when they do, she is briefed on them by the Adjutant General of the Alaska NG. Jets scrambled would likely be active duty, possibly Guard.”

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