Sarah Palin Ready to Declare War on Russia
Today Sarah Palin had her first interview since her surprising selection as John Mccain’s running mate. Today she was interviewed by Charlie Gibson on ABC. Here is a scary statement she made which threatens World War III.
When Gibson said if under the NATO treaty, the United States would have to go to war if Russia again invaded Georgia, Palin responded: “Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.
“And we’ve got to keep an eye on Russia. For Russia to have exerted such pressure in terms of invading a smaller democratic country, unprovoked, is unacceptable,” she told Gibson.
There are many issues with this declaration. The most important aspect is that it transmits a very risky and extreme signal to the world — especially other countries with nuclear weapons. This type of dangerous talk reinforces the militaristic saber-rattling of the McCain campaign. From talking about attacking Iran, to mentioning invading Iraq, Iran and Syria weeks after 9/11 to the misguided “we are all Georgians now,” John McCain is sending all kinds of scary signals to the world about the types of wars it will start. Leaders of other countries are paying attention and words matter.
Technically, if Georgia and Ukraine were to become part of NATO under Article Five, we would be obligated to protect them and even Obama-Biden support bringing them into NATO. So sarah Palin correct but here’s the thing…
No sane American or European leader would ever ever ever give a direct response like that. You do not get into hypotheticals about a serious war. The only reason the Cold War stayed so chilling is is because our leaders understood the stakes of getting things wrong and saying things that could lead to catastrophic nuclear war. During the Cuban Missile Crisis every word, every public statement, and any message that the Kennedy administration sent to the Soviets was checked, double checked, and triple checked to make sure it was sending precisely the right signal. Sarah Palin so casually mentioned war and this is scary.