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Fareed Zakaria rips on Sarah Palin

Fareed Zakaria has in his Newsweek editorial ripped apart Sarah Palin to say Palin Is Ready? Please. He continues to argue his point on CNN when interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.



Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come to realize that she wants, in that wonderful phrase in American politics, “to spend more time with her family”? Having stayed in purdah for weeks, she finally agreed to a third interview. CBS’s Katie Couric questioned her in her trademark sympathetic style. It didn’t help.

“It’s very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America. Where—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—to our state.”

There is, of course, the sheer absurdity of the premise. Two weeks ago I flew to Tokyo, crossing over the North Pole. Does that make me an expert on Santa Claus? (Thanks, Jon Stewart.) But even beyond that, read the rest of her response. “It is from Alaska that we send out those …” What does this mean? This is not an isolated example. Palin has been given a set of talking points by campaign advisers, simple ideological mantras that she repeats and repeats as long as she can. (“We mustn’t blink.”) But if forced off those rehearsed lines, what she has to say is often, quite frankly, gibberish. .


4 Comments

  • Adnan Siddiqi |

    why the heck she’s being give so much Importance? she’s not even given attention by people back in her country. We guys are so obsessed with gori chamri, why to blame poor Asif here?

  • boretide |

    Everyone’s obsessed with Sarah, but many don’t see her for what she is–she is stupid with no idea of the world. I’m sure she has no idea about what’s happening in Pakistan, Afghanistan apart from her view that there are “Islamic terrorists” running about that the U.S. should go after. Sure, and open another front on the war on terror that will lead to more deaths and destruction. I wish she’d quit the race and go back to Alaska. She is okay as a governor, but will be a failure as a Veep, or President if McCain kicks hte bucket. Ya know what I mean.

  • Raza |

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the `US of A` ends up electing someone like her into power DESPITE the mess they find themselves in. If they could elect Bush twice, there’s almost nothing you can’t expect them to do!