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Palin Cites 'Victory' in Iraq in Couric Interview

By Howard Kurtz
Sarah Palin, describing the need for more troops in Afghanistan, said the United States has achieved "victory" in Iraq.

In an interview with CBS's Katie Couric, the second part of which airs tonight, the Alaska governor pointed to logistical problems in battling the Taliban: "Things like the terrain even in Afghanistan and that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where, you know, we believe that -- Bin Laden is -- is hiding out right now and . . . and is still such a leader of this terrorist movement. There . . . there are many more challenges there. So, again, I believe that . . . a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq. And as I say, Katie, that we cannot afford to retreat, to withdraw in Iraq."

The vice presidential nominee might have misspoken in an attempt to say that President Bush's military surge in Iraq has been a success, but she did not qualify her remarks.

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ANOTHER McCain campaign LIE.

http://4thoffense.com/mc.html

McCain claims to have cosponsored legislation to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but the Democrat minority "blocked" him.

John McCain sponsored this bill TEN MONTHS after it died in committee and more a year and a half after it was first submitted. He did NOTHING to revive the bill and is using this as an excuse for his efforts at regulation. This man has no shame.

Check out http://thomas.loc.gov and sarch for the bill S.190 for the 109th congress. There are 3 cosponsors. Two of them were real and one was fake.

COSPONSORS(3)
Sen Dole, Elizabeth [NC] - 1/26/2005
Sen Sununu, John E. [NH] - 1/26/2005
Sen McCain, John [AZ] - 5/25/2006

http://4thoffense.com/mc.html

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Teaching Constitutional Law and graduating from Harvard with honors trumps being mayor of a town ONE THIRD the size of the Xcel Energy Center (site of the RNC) and governor of a state with the population of a midwest suburb.

Posted by: wunderwood | October 1, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Give her a break; she has more executive experience than Obama. Look at Obama's associations, people that hate the U.S.; those that denounce the U.S., including his own wife; those that bomb the U.S., etc. Listen to him stumble when the teleprompter can not keep up; listen to him waffle on positions, etc. Also pay close attention to his socialistic philosophy, he will remove all incentive from American business. Also watch his mannerisms when he speaks (does it remind you of any other past international leader, perhaps from Europe). Also, Biden, does not even know when the television was invented or who was president during the depression. Who would you rather have leading the country during this dark period. A socialistic community organizer with questionable beliefs and questionable political ties, or a reformer with a proven track record. Don't forget that both Palin and McCain will have a complete staff of experts advising them on all issues. Wake up.

Posted by: tabinc | September 29, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Give her a break; she has more executive experience than Obama. Look at Obamas associations, people that hate the U.S.; those that denounce the U.S., including his own wife; those that bomb the U.S., etc. Listen to him stumble when the telepromptor can not keep up; listen to him waffle on positions, etc. Also pay close attention to his socialistic philosophy, he will remove all incentive from American business. Also watch his mannerisims when he speaks (does it remind you of any other past international leader, perhaps from Europe). Also, Biden, does not even know when the television was invented or who was president during the depression. Who would you rather have leading the country during this dark period. A socialistic community organizer with questionable beliefs and questionable political ties, or a reformer with a proven track record. Don't forget that both Palin and McCain will have a complete staff of experts advising them on all issues. Wake up.

Posted by: tabinc | September 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Give her a break; she has more executive experience than Obama. Look at Obamas associations, people that hate the U.S.; those that denounce the U.S., including his own wife; those that bomb the U.S., etc. Listen to him stumble when the telepromptor can not keep up; listen to him waffle on positions, etc. Also pay close attention to his socialistic philosophy, he will remove all incentive from American business. Also watch his mannerisims when he speaks (does it remind you of any other past international leader, perhaps from Europe). Also, Biden, does not even know when the television was invented or who was president during the depression. Who would you rather have leading the country during this dark period. A socialistic community organizer with questionable beliefs and questionable political ties, or a reformer with a proven track record. Don't forget that both Palin and McCain will have a complete staff of experts advising them on all issues. Wake up.

Posted by: tabinc | September 29, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Give her a break; she has more executive experience than Obama. Look at Obamas associations, people that hate the U.S.; those that denounce the U.S., including his own wife; those that bomb the U.S., etc. Listen to him stumble when the telepromptor can not keep up; listen to him waffle on positions, etc. Also pay close attention to his socialistic philosophy, he will remove all incentive from American business. Also watch his mannerisims when he speaks (does it remind you of any other past international leader, perhaps from Europe). Also, Biden, does not even know when the television was invented or who was president during the depression. Who would you rather have leading the country during this dark period. A socialistic community organizer with questionable beliefs and questionable political ties, or a reformer with a proven track record. Don't forget that both Palin and McCain will have a complete staff of experts advising them on all issues. Wake up.

Posted by: tabinc | September 29, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I watched this interview a couple of times and all I can say is, WOW! I really can't believe what I am witnessing! This a VP candidate? WTF!!! I feel embarrassed for her. Stick a fork in her. She and the GOP are done!!!!!!

Posted by: Godhimself1 | September 26, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to everyone for posting such accurate comments. I was late for work because I stayed in my car listening to parts of Palin's interview on the radio. I couldn't tear myself away from the train wreck! It is wonderful payback after her rude, contemptuous speech at the convention. I wonder how Rush Limbaugh will spin this one -- I guess he'll blame Katie for "trapping" Palin with her unfair questions. Hee-hee.

Posted by: readbetweenthelines | September 26, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

AMERICANS, WE THE MEMBERS OF THE POLITICAL PARTIES MUST FROM NOW ON CHOSE WHO WILL BE THE VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE WILL BE FOR YOUR GIVEN PARTY BY VOTE AT THE PRIMARY ELECTION. HOW CAN WE AFFORD TO HAVE THIS SARAH DUH PALIN AS A U.S.A. PRESIDENT? IF McCAIN, age 72 IS ELECTED AND DOES NOT FINISH HIS TERM, WE AND THE WORLD ARE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH " the good guys and the bad guys". HELLO!

Posted by: usapdx | September 26, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

YIKES!!!

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions | September 26, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong, she is a very pretty lady. However we need, you need a true leader and time is running out fast. What you do is your business, understand though it will effect Canada to. And it is sad, for we have all the resources we both need as a best friends, I hope?.

Posted by: justada56 | September 26, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I guess it's all theatrics for the media. Dumb and dumber.

Posted by: justada56 | September 26, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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Silly Sarah Palin has demonstrated her lack of experience in every answer she gave in that interview.

It is a nightmare to think of Mrs. Palin as President of the United States !!!!!!

The GOP realities are SCARY !!!!!!

Posted by: JAMadison4 | September 26, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I only saw two cuts from Couric's interview on AC360 last night. About Russian & Putin (she takes his name sooo lightly - I wouldn't if I were her) & Irak/Afghanistan.

Her circuitous, contorted & confused answers... I just cringed in horror and shame. Mangled sentences, confused logical connections, cliché après cliché, good & evil, black & white, monotheistic gods on her and our side ... a real mental case, worse than a tsunami disaster in the head.

If American voters continue to support this über-weird, Alaskan self-glorifying fruit-cake, may the fallen Greek gods of Antiquity help.

With McCain/Palin we've arrived fast-forward in the christian biblical "Apocalypse", with Palin as one of the four riders of doom promising christian Americans "Retribution" is coming soon ... soon as she gets to the WH.

Posted by: hchiba | September 26, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

As an Independent leaning toward Obama, I want to thank Sarah Palin for helping me to make up my mind in this election. WOW!

Governor Palin's interview with Katie Couric was truly appalling. And it wasn't so much that what she said was simply so stupid, it was that look in her eye. That look that says, "I truly believe what I'm saying is true." Again, WOW!

I suppose Mr. McCain will win the election, after all, American voters aren't that bright and don't tend to hold incompetence against politicians. But this 'we share borders therefore I am' spin is truly illogical.

Oh well, because I drive through the ghetto on my way home each day I'm off to start my new career as an expert on gang violence.

Who cares about the Obama / McCain debate. Fly Palin and Biden to Mississippi and let them square off...tonight...without prep time.

Wow, I'm just speechless...just like Ms. Palin will be for the next 40 days.

Posted by: IndependentInOhio | September 26, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

What difference does it make that this bubble head makes us cringe with embarrassment at her public vacuity? What really matters is that she believes in Intelligent Design creationism, and that every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. That's the only thing that matters. The "permanent Republican majority" of Rove and Limbaugh is absolutely guaranteed if this dummy can only get enough national network airtime to allow her brilliance to shine like it did with Couric. Because the alternatives are those evil devils, the Liberals.

Posted by: Shelama | September 26, 2008 3:49 AM | Report abuse

She sounds charming
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as long as no specific details are involved and she can beat around the bushes like 5th grader. I have seen politicians blurt out rape jokes and stuff but she is a very "special" politician I have not yet encountered. She's entertaining.

Posted by: jsp9999 | September 26, 2008 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric was truly frightening. McCain would have been much better off choosing Tina Fey to be his VP because she has a brain. McCain apparently doesn't want to be surrounded by people with brains.

Posted by: hamishdad | September 26, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Katie Couric has made Sarah Palin look atrocious. The governor appeared uncomfortable, and showed an astonishingly feeble grasp on almost anything that was put to her. Her lapses of judgment, misfired repartees, and moments of near incoherence were painful to watch.

Posted by: Solo3 | September 26, 2008 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I come at this from a bit different point of view, I'm from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and our economy was humming along just great (we are leading the country still, because of our gas & oil) now the housing market has started slowing down here and things are tightening up some.
You see, we have strong rules & regulations that prohibit people from getting mortages without down payments and showing an ability to pay- like having a stable job and enough funds to carry a person through some financial difficulty. Our government has laws - not just anyone can open a bank, the banks have to be working with the proper rules and we have insurance on our mortgages.
We, like most of the rest of the world, have stringent checks & balances and if only the States had to - this would never be occuring.
When the United States hurts - in any way, the rest of the world hurts - to some degree.
I beleive the 'bail-out' (which isn't really a bial-out, but helping hand - needs togo ahead in order to keep the U.S. economy from TANKING period ! Then the U.S. tanks and guess what - the rest of the Western world Tanks too ... Something has got to be done to help, to help the economy, housing sector and all Americans.
The heads of the affected companies should definitely NOT get any golden handshakes and if they were in Canada they would be prosecuted for breaking many laws !!!

I'll tell you something else, after reading the New YorkTimes article Sarah Palin did on Sept 14th (I think) and now seeig this interview with Katie -- she scares me. She seems to go through her life with everything black (evil) and white (good). Apart from that,she is naive and judgemental - just what you need to run a country if "Prez McCain" dies .....
Oh well, I have my own head of coutnry to vote for in Canada on Oct3 rd .. Que Sera Sera
All the best to you all

Posted by: 1stephanie | September 25, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame. She should never have been brought into this. Being dragged in solely for getting votes from women,christians and the nra is a lousy way to win an election.
John McCain is to blame for this charade, along with the right wingers who want control over this country at any cost, including thier own integrity.
This isn't a one party country.

Posted by: tommyd60 | September 25, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's give Gov. Palin the benefit of doubt to prove herself at FOX "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"

Posted by: shocking2008 | September 25, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I was flabbergasted yet again! And she's ready? Yeah sure. All Biden will need to do in the debate is say nothing at all. OMG!

Ms. Palin, may very well be a very nice, decent person, but she is in WAY over her head. She wasn't "ready" and she is still not ready. Please go back to Alaska and maybe in about ten years try again.

How about stepping aside for Hutchinson, John could use someone like that about now.

Posted by: wes1155 | September 25, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I am not Jake. It is not a "stunt" but you are more than welcome to believe whatever you want.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Very clever little stunt Jake. And by clever, I mean not that clever.

And now that we know who you are, I'm going to resume not responding to your posts because you refuse to subscribe to basic theories of logic. Enjoy yourself!

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

No, I am not JakeD. I don't know where he is, but I believe he said he was suspending his posts until the debate.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Second, she took several questions today from "real" press at an unscheduled stop to Ground Zero and the World Trade Center memorials:

“I agree with the Bush Administration that we take the fight to them,” she said outside the firehouse when asked if she would have fought the war on terrorism differently. “We never again let them come onto our soil and try to destroy not only our democracy, but communities like the community of New York. Never again.”

Palin however was non-committal about whether she would support Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, who are both seeking re-election amid ethics investigations: “Ted Stevens trial started a couple days ago,” she said. “We’ll see where that goes.”

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post should ask the National Rifle Association why they won't support John McCain !!! The NRA is one of the biggest Republican lobbyist in the country, they never saw a Republican they wouldn't support .... BUT .... They Won't Support McCain .... WHY ???

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 25, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin = JakeD? Scandal!

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

gatorsn09:

First off, is Katie Couric a member of the "press"?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Hoffmann1:

Send her back, and pick someone else, because she used the word "victory"? Please see my comments to ManUnitdFan.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

When did we win the war in Iraq ? Why are we still spending Billions of dollars there each month ? Why aren't our troops home ?, When's the parade ? Where did McCain find this goof ? McCain must think she's a great nurse to keep her on the ticket for Vice President. Why won't the Republicans let her talk to the press ? She needs to be brain-washed by Rove & Cheney .... Then she'll be a true Republican !!!

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 25, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Please send her back to Alaska and pick someone else. This is really silly. Big trouble for Mc Cain. Once people see enough of her, he will lose even more votes. Terrible choice.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | September 25, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

OMG! She sounds just like the "The Iraq Beauty Queen!" I mean, like, uh, such as, the Iraq..."

Run that video next to Palin... soul sistas!

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 25, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou:

"Did you understood (sic) her answer properly about the $700 billion bailout"?

I did. Health care reform, reducing taxes, AND reining in spending are all inter-related. Unless you also made fun of Barack Obama's 57 State slip-up?

ManUnitdFan:

You are more than welcome to your opinion.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Now We Know Why The McCain Campaign Is Hiding Palin.


While nowhere near as idiotic as Sarah Palin's tortured explanation of her foreign policy experience:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbg6hF0nShQ
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This gem from yesterday's trainwreck of an interview with Katie Couric is worth a mention.
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http://thinkprogress.org/2008/09/25/palin-bailout-healthcare/
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COURIC: Why isn’t it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? ... Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: Ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Oh, it’s got to be about job creation too. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions.


Did you understood her answer properly about the $700 billion bailout:


Reducing taxes has to be accompanied by tax reductions.


Got it? Good. Carry on.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npUMUASwaec
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Posted by: DrainYou | September 25, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The Doolittle Raid was a battle to be won or lost. You can be victorious over your opponent in an individual battle. Comparing the surge to the Doolittle Raid is apples and oranges, in my opinion.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

You mean "normal people" like FDR after the "victorious" Doolittle Raid?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Gosh! She really is Cheney with lipstick and hair!

Posted by: TaoZen | September 25, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of the dictionary definition of victory, no one uses that word without implying that it's the end. You'll never hear someone say "the surge lead us to victory; now it's onto the final victory." If you want to claim there's no problem with her statement, because the technical definition of victory is ok, then that's fine. But that's not what normal people hear when she says that.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

"Victory" can also mean "success" without your added implication (unless you are the one splitting hairs now?).

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Victory" implies finality, though. If she said "success," that's one thing. Saying "victory" means she thinks we have already won in Iraq. No one says, "the Giants have been victorious over the Eagles through 3 quarters." It's the difference between "winning" and "won."

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Whether it's "appropriate" or not, it's not even necessary. There's nothing wrong with believing "that a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq". Even Obama says the surge was a victory "beyond anyone's expectations" (except McCain, of course). That's why you hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 25, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"The vice presidential nominee might have misspoken in an attempt to say that President Bush's military surge in Iraq has been a success, but she did not qualify her remarks"

That's weird. Is it appropriate for a reporter to speculate that way in what purports to be a news story?

Posted by: zukermand | September 25, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Holy crap. You'd think after doing a couple of these, she would get better. Or at least figure out how to respond to the questions in a somewhat coherent way. But no dice. The thought of her as Vice President terrifies me.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | September 25, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

That may be the most incoherent interview I have ever heard from a major political figure. Now we know why McCain wants to move his debate to next Thursday and cancel the VP debate.

Posted by: dcwsano | September 25, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin never answered Couric's question! She is very evasive and she clearly does not understand mere borders to negotiations with a foreign nation!

She is scarcely the kind of person qualified to be Vice-President, much less President.

Olga

Posted by: olgaolivia | September 25, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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