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My Advice for Palin in the Debate

Posted by iusbvision on October 1, 2008

After watching the interview with Katie Couric, Palin is trying too hard to not offend the interviewer and she is trying to avoid specifics to avoid gotcha questions. It also seems that Palin, like Reagan in his first debate with Walter Mondale, is trying to fit too much into each answer. In the following debates Reagan ignored his staff and just was himself; crushing Mondale. There are many times such as in the “Tear Down This Wall” speech, the “Evil Empire” speech and Reagan’s insistence on human rights as a part of arms negotiations that Reagan’s staff opposed it and Reagan did his own thing anyways.

Governor Palin took on both party machines in Alaska. Tell me, what political advisor would advise someone to do that? Advisors often seek consensus, leaders lead. Palin needs to get back to her roots. We need Alaska’s Sarah Palin, not the post convention Palin that the McCain campaign is hamstringing. In debates in Alaska, Palin destroyed two former governors. Palin is the only politician that the Anchorage Daily News says, comes to Editorial Board discussions and interviews with no advisors or lackeys. This is the Palin America loves.

So my advice is for Governor Palin to ignore McCain’s will to be reserved and non-partisan in tone and to just go to town and be yourself. Ignore the advisors around you. However, get to know Biden’s foreign policy history, which is a history that he can’t win on.

As we have said before, Biden has been wrong on the cold war and many other foreign policy successes over time. This piece from the WSJ says much of what needs to be said. Excerpts:

Decade after decade and on important issue after important issue, Mr. Biden’s judgment has been deeply flawed.

In the 1970’s, Mr. Biden advocated defense cuts so massive that both Edmund Muskie and Walter Mondale, both leading liberal Democrats at the time, opposed them.

In the 1980’s Mr. Biden was a leading opponent of President Ronald Reagan’s efforts to fund the Contras. He also opposed Reagan’s efforts to send military assistance to the pro-American government in El Salvador, which at the time was battling the FMLN, a Soviet-supported Marxist group.

Throughout his career, Mr. Biden has consistently opposed modernization of our strategic nuclear forces. He was a fierce opponent of Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. Mr. Biden voted against funding SDI, saying, “The president’s continued adherence to [SDI] constitutes one of the most reckless and irresponsible acts in the history of modern statecraft.” Mr. Biden has remained a consistent critic of missile defense and even opposed the U.S. dropping out of the Antiballistic Missile Treaty after the collapse of the Soviet Union (which was the co-signatory to the ABM Treaty) and the end of the Cold War.

[How can anyone oppose a missile defense system to protect our cities from nuclear missiles – its nothing short of nuts – Editor]

Mr. Biden voted against the first Gulf War, asking: “What vital interests of the United States justify sending Americans to their deaths in the sands of Saudi Arabia?”

In 2006, after having voted three years earlier to authorize President George W. Bush’s war to liberate Iraq, Mr. Biden argued for the partition of Iraq, which would have led to its crack-up. Then in 2007, Mr. Biden opposed President Bush’s troop surge in Iraq, calling it a “tragic mistake.” It turned out to be quite the opposite. Without the surge, the Iraq war would have been lost, giving jihadists their most important victory ever.

On many of the most important and controversial issues of the last four decades, Mr. Biden has built a record based on bad assumptions, misguided analyses and flawed judgments. If he had his way, America would be significantly weaker, allies under siege would routinely be cut loose, and the enemies of the U.S. would be stronger.

There are few members of Congress whose record on national security matters can be judged, with the benefit of hindsight, to be as consistently bad as Joseph Biden’s. It’s true that Sarah Palin has precious little experience in national security affairs. But in this instance, no record beats a manifestly bad one.

Chuck Norton
Editor, IUSB Vision

Update: gives it’s advice for Palin.

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