RNC Action! CODEPINK
hosted “rallies” to denounce Big Oil’s
in-bed relationship with the Republicans and the
Iraq War for Oil. See
action video on PBS here!
Sarah Palin was captured on video in a church address
calling the Iraq war “a task from God.”
America doesn’t need any
more “Holy Wars.”
As we watch our nation and our world face increasingly
complex and potentially explosive conflicts over sovereignty,
resources and ideologies, Sarah Palin’s inexperience,
her ignorance about other nations, and her
rigid good vs. evil approach to international affairs
are a cause for alarm.
In her first nationally televised interview, she said
she might commit U.S. troops to a war against Russia
in defense of Georgia and the Ukraine. She said she
supported U.S. military action against extremists in
Pakistan, even without approval from Pakistan’s
government. When asked about the so-called “Bush
Doctrine” of pre-emptive strikes, it was clear
she had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was until the
news anchor explained it to her. She also admitted that
she had made her first trip out of North America only
In another recent interview, Palin articulated her
motto with regard to foreign policy: “Never blink.”
With reference to Iran she said, “It is obvious
to me who the good guys are in this one and who the
bad guys are.” Can we
really afford another administration that thinks of
foreign policy in terms of good and evil?
In addition to national security issues, the environment
is another arena of great concern. What is Sarah Palin’s
response to the energy crisis? She wants to “drill,
baby, drill” in the pristine Arctic National
Wildlife Reserve and offshore, and doesn’t believe
that humans cause global warming. She doesn’t want
polar bears or beluga whales to be considered endangered
As governor she offered a bounty, which turned out
to be against state law, for the killing of wolves.
The method of killing? The wolves were chased into exhaustion
by hunters in helicopters, and then shot from above
with semi-automatic weapons.
War is not the answer. Drilling
is not the answer. Peace, security and prosperity will
only be had through a respect for other nations and
a mindful, forward-thinking approach to the environmental
challenges we face.