Was I Too Harsh?
I was most horrified by her unhesitantly calling for Georgia's inclusion in NATO and agreement that it could mean war with Russia. Now I knew that this insanity came from McCain but felt she inartly pushed that matter unnecessarily. But I'm ashamed to admit I did not know to what extent this is the consensus view within the U.S. Government. NYT chief military correspondent Michael R. Gordon lays it out:
Ms. Palin reiterated a view long-held by Senators Obama, Biden, McCain and Clinton. They all voted in April for a Senate resolution calling for Georgia and Ukraine’s admission in NATO, a popular stance with Americans of Eastern European background and perhaps a geopolitically wise step as well. Senators Biden and McCain co-sponsored the resolution and Mr. Obama put out a press release at the time hailing its passage. After Russia intervened in Georgia in August, Mr. Obama reaffirmed his support for Georgia’s bid to join NATO in a statement issued from Hawaii. (Just as Senators McCain, Obama and Biden also supported Kosovo independence.)So maybe my grade is too harsh. I might therefore consider it a C, and suppose be thankful that at least one candidate has given an honest answer as to what this insane policy actually means. Has Obama ever been asked about this? A bit of googling turns up nothing
Article V of the NATO treaty stipulates that an attack against one should be considered an attack against all. So in that sense, Georgia and Ukraine’s admission into NATO would make it possible that the United States would come to their defense in the event of a Russian attack, which is why some NATO members have been less enthusiastic about extending membership to these nations. Ms. Palin’s comments on this simply reaffirmed the obvious. No news here, though she spoke more bluntly than others might have.