John McCain says Sarah Palin is naive
September 12, 2008 2 Comments
According to Alex Koppelman at Salon on September 12, 2008:
In his interview with her, ABC News’ Charlie Gibson pressed Sarah Palin repeatedly on the question of Pakistan and whether the U.S. has the right to make cross-border attacks into that country without its government’s permission. The answer Palin eventually came up with was, admittedly, on message. The only problem? It wasn’t John McCain’s message that Palin was repeating — it was Barack Obama’s.
… Obama has been attacked for taking that stance, and for announcing it publicly.
… McCain himself has repeatedly taken after Obama on the issue. Speaking to reporters in February, McCain said, “[T]he best idea is to not broadcast what you’re going to do. That’s naive… You don’t broadcast that you are going to bomb a country that is a sovereign nation and that you are dependent on the good will of the people of that country to help you in the war — in the struggle against Taliban and the sanctuaries which they hold.”
The Washington Post makes the same point on September 12, 2008:
That response put her in line with a view expressed by Sen. Barack Obama, now the Democratic presidential nominee, in August 2007, when he stirred controversy by saying that if he were elected president, he would be willing to attack inside Pakistan with or without approval from the Pakistani government. “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said. At the time, McCain called Obama’s comments “naive.”
Suspected U.S. missile attacks killed at least two al-Qaida commanders this year in the same region
But it is nice to have John McCain’s honest opinion about his running mate…