Sunday, September 28, 2008

What Does Sarah Have Up Her Sleeve?

Section 8. Powers of Governor as commander-in-chief of land and naval forces of State.
The Governor shall be the Commander in Chief of the land and naval forces of the State; and may call out the militia to repel invasions, suppress insurrections, and enforce the execution of the Laws; but shall not take the command in person, without the consent of the Legislature.

How much foreign policy experience does Sarah Palin really have? Aside from cute Tina Fey jokes - "I can see Russia from my house!" - how much does Alaska's proximity to Russia and her being Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard matter? While we all sleep snug in our beds at night, probably more than you'd care to know.

Fort Greely in Alaska has eleven ground-based interceptor missiles buried in underground silos that represent a key part of a multi-layered defense system designed to protect the United States from a ballistic missile attack. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It's on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units. Governor Sarah Palin is the Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard.

According to a website called Blackfive, Palin may be better qualified than Biden in matters of foreign policy:
As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden's.

She's also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security's counterterrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country's defense. Given Alaska's proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don't even know about

Don't let that cute face fool you. It just may well be that Palin and the McCain Campaign have a devastating sandbag prepared for the vice presidential debates. One other point worth noting, also from the Blackfive site; According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

We'll have to wait until Thursday to see how many she can use in the debate.

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