How’s that for 3AM-ready, folks? The gunslinger from Alaska can outdo cowboy Dear Leader when it comes to reckless swagger. This is what Sarah Palin said when ABC’s Softball Charlie Gibson asked a very basic question about foreign policy. Remember, people, she spent the last week being tutored by Bush/McCain policy sages and this is the end result — she’s ready to declare war on Russia if it invades Georgia again.

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.

She actually talks about being able to see Russia from Alaska, therefore she knows what she’s saying when it comes to foreign policy. I guess her boy Track, who’s heading off to Iraq this month, better buck up if Mommy makes it into office and gives advice to McCain on the next bombing target.

And oh yes, the man upstairs came up regarding foreign policy:

Palin defended a previous statement in which she reportedly characterized the war in Iraq as a “task from God.”

Gibson quoted her as saying: “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.”

But Palin said she was referencing a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln.

“I would never presume to know God’s will or to speak God’s words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that’s a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God’s side.”

When asked if she believed she was “sending [her] son on a task that is from God,” Palin said: “I don’t know if the task is from God, Charlie. What I know is that my son has made a decision. I am so proud of his independent and strong decision he has made, what he decided to do and serving for the right reasons and serving something greater than himself and not choosing a real easy path where he could be more comfortable and certainly safer.”

Does anyone feel a draft in here? Perhaps it’s time to brush the dust off of this oldie, but goodie for McCain/Palin:

More excerpts from the interview are here.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding