Licorne Nuclear Explosion by Pierre

Licorne Nuclear Explosion by Pierre

Palin just suggested, that the US would go to war with Russia over Georgia or the Ukraine:

Palin advocated the accession of Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, meaning that if attacked again in the future, the United States would be bound to go to war.

"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," she said.

Palin, who obtained her first passport this year and who has served just two years as Alaska’s governor, told Gibson that she was up to the challenge of being Sen. John McCain’s vice president.

"I answered [McCain]’yes’ because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink.

Ok, let’s explain what Palin is either unaware of or too crazed to care about—there’s a high risk of war with Russia going nuclear. Russia’s military doctrine calls for the use of tactical nukes if the US uses major airpower against Russia. Since US military doctrine against a major force is all about airpower that means a war with Russia will quickly escalate to use tac nukes. From there it isn’t far to the use of strategic nukes.

In effect, Palin is advocating nuclear war with Russia. 

Palin also seems a little confused about who started the Russian/Georgian war. It was started by Georgia. I know that this truth has been little spoken by the US media, but it is expected that candidates for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency be aware of facts that contradict their biases.

The US has spent damn near 70 years avoiding a war with Russia, because it was understood that both nations have the ability to destroy the other nation utterly. The Ukraine and Georgia are both deep inside Russia’s sphere of influence. The equivalent would be for Russia to say "If the US ever invades Panama again, we’ll declare war!"

This, by the way, is why Georgia and Ukraine shouldn’t be allowed into NATO, so that the choice isn’t between a good chance of a nuclear war and breaking the alliance’s guarantees.

There are two options. Palin is dangerously ignorant of geopolitics and military realities or she knows better and is playing the jingo card—lying about what she would actually do in a crisis.

Let’s hope that as with the bridge to nowwhere, she’s lying.

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh was the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has also appeared at Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in and BlogsCanada. He is also a social media strategy consultant and currently lives in Toronto.

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